Casey Named Academic All-American

Trey-CaseyBuccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administrationn ’15) has been named CBU’s first Capital One First Team Academic All-American in more than a decade.

Casey, who carries a perfect 4.0 GPA, is second in the GSC in scoring at 19.0 ppg, and he leads the GSC with 2.1 steals per game. A Preseason All-GSC selection this year, Casey was the GSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player as a sophomore last year, leading the Bucs to the GSC Championship. He is a two-time GSC Player of the Week this season as well.

Casey is CBU’s first First Team Academic All-American since 2003, when Jennifer Kett earned the honor in women’s soccer. CBU also placed Jenny Barnard as a Second Team Academic All-American in 2006, and John Raymond Hehn earned Third Team Academic All-America honors in 2006.

To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America program, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Freshmen and first-year transfers are ineligible. All-District winners from the eight districts advance to the national ballot, where a committee of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) selects the winners.

2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Team
Name School Year Hometown GPA Major
David Downs Seattle Pacific (Wash.) Sr. Kirkland, Wash. 3.80 Accounting
Bryce Foster Missouri S&T Sr. Florissant, Mo. 3.89 Business & Management Systems
Austin Armga Michigan Tech Sr. Waupun, Wis. 3.78 Exercise Science
Mike Dentlinger Nebraska-Kearney Sr. Omaha, Neb. 3.95 Business Administration
Trey Casey CBU Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio 4.00 Business Administration

Smarrelli Named to TICUA/Governor’s Task Force on Lottery Scholarship Issue

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, is pictured above with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) in Nashville on February 18. Governor Haslam was the final afternoon speaker at the meeting and faced tough questions about the proposed change in the lottery scholarships for his TN Promise initiative. He asked TICUA to put together a task force to work with his office to examine alternatives to the scholarship changes. Dr. Smarrelli was subsequently named to be a member of the task force.

This Week at CBU

NAACP COFFEE & CONVERSATION: The CBU Chapter of the NAACP will host Coffee and Conversation with Brother Terence McLaughlin on Thursday, February 27 at 1:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Br. Terence worked hard to give African-Americans the chance to study at this institution. Listen to his story and engage in conversation about the progression of race relations. If anyone already has a question for Brother Terence, please submit them to NAACP chapter president Taylor Flake at

BLUE OUT: Alpha Xi Delta will be holding its “Blue Out Game” on Thursday, February 27 in Canale Arena at the women and men’s basketball games at 5:00 and 7:00! The “Blue Out” is to raise money for Autism Speaks. There will be face painting, cotton candy and raffles! BE SURE TO WEAR BLUE!

PA INFO SESSION: The CBU Physician Assistant Student Society (PASS) will be holding an information session on Friday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m. in Spain Auditorium. This is an invitation for current Physician Assistant students and any undergraduate students interested in the Physician Assistant profession. The initial information session meeting will involve an introduction to the PA profession for any undergraduate attendees, functions of the society and membership in it, national service project ideas, and future fundraising and social events. More info >>>

BEST LAN/POTLUCK PARTY: Join the Buccaneer ESport Team for food, fun, and friendly LAN gaming on Saturday, March 1 in the LLC. Bring your own games — there will also be a tournament roulette for charity! Open to all CBU students for $5.00 admission — no entrance fee if you sign up to bring food, set up, or clean up! Sign up for food or volunteer set-up and clean-up with an email to

CBU AT THE ZOO: Sign up now to join Student Life on a visit to the Memphis Zoo, Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. First 40 sign-ups will receive a free admission ticket. Registration at



Shesha (Sheshaben) Shah (Chemistry ’14) has been accepted into the Fall 2014 class of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

J.D. Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) had a paper on “Growth responses of different aged individuals of Xanthium strumarium L. in flooded conditions” accepted for publication in the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. This work was part of an on-going effort to understand plant community dynamics on Mississippi River islands, performed as an independent project in the summer of 2012. J.D. designed the experiment and collected data. He was also involved in co-author review of the manuscript. Dr. James Moore (Biology) was also one of the authors (with S.B. Franklin).

Members of the University of Memphis Helen Hardin Honors Program had no problem getting goofy with CBU Honors Program students to celebrate the end of the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference.

Members of the University of Memphis Helen Hardin Honors Program had no problem getting goofy with CBU Honors Program students to celebrate the end of the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference.

The CBU Honors Program hosted the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council conference on Saturday, February 22. CBU President Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. welcomed over 100 honors students from fourteen colleges and universities, who gave 60 presentations. Honors Program alum, Burton Bridges (Economics and Finance ’09), wowed attendees with his plenary keynote titled What to Expect in Your First 90 Days at Work. Presenting CBU students were: Megan Mosier (Biology ’16),  How an Idea Becomes a Comic; Tiffany Corkran (Physics ’09), Brothers’ Keepers: Servant Leadership as a Non-Profit Board of Directors Member; Carly Geis (Psychology ’16), Law and Order: SVU and the Effects of Solitude; Kelsey Coolican (Biochemistry ’14) and Logan Butler (Psychology ’15), The Art of Saying Yes; Taylor Flake (History ’17) and RaKesha Gray (English ’17), Little Geek vs. Big Geek: Honors Programs in High School vs Honors Programs in College; Rebekah Herrman (Mathematics and Physics ’14), Using Graph Theory to Schedule TCHC 2014; Sarah Longoria (Religion & Philosophy ’14), Marriage and Sex in 1 Corinthians 7: What Does Paul Really Think? The conference was organized by Rebekah Herrman, Becky Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16), Tyler Stranburg (Mechanical Engineering ’16), Trey McGinnis (Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mathematics ’16), CaitlinTerry (Special Education ’16), and RaKesha Gray.


CBU is Going to the ‘Birds!

redbirdsnight-shirtTHE BUCS ARE TAKING OVER AUTOZONE PARK for the Redbirds’ opening home game on on Friday, April 11!

FREE tickets for students and CBU faculty/staff as long as they last! Alumni tickets only $5.00!

Registration is good for one free ticket, with the option of purchasing extras up to five additional tickets at $5 each. Click on the appropriate link to get your tickets NOW:

• STUDENTS (DAY & GRADUATE) (150 FREE tickets available)
• CAPS STUDENTS (40 FREE tickets available)
• FACULTY/STAFF (50 FREE tickets available)
• ALUMNI (50 half-price tickets available)

Tickets include dinner at the Right Field Pavilion, and a t-shirt for the game.
Students will be provided bus transportation from Central Lot at 6:15 p.m.

An email will be sent to reserved ticket holders when tickets and t-shirts are available for pick up.

STUDENTS: Vote soon for which professor you want to see throw out the first pitch at the game!
• Dr. James Allen
• Dr. Cayce Lawrence
• Dr. Chanda Murphy
• Dr. John Varriano
• Kelly Walburn

Votes must be cast on the CBU Events app —Download it now!
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AKA Can Drive

The Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is conducting a Can Food Drive for the remaining days in the month of February. Boxes have been set up outside of the Plough Library, ITS, and Alfonso Dining Hall. The donated cans will be collected and sent to the Memphis Food Bank to help feed the need in our local area. The preferred items are listed below:

  • canned meats, including tuna, stews, chicken and dumplings, chili, spam, soups
  • peanut butter
  • canned fruits
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruit juice
  • any non-perishable item

No glass containers, please.

Everything donated will be highly appreciated!


Career Services Calendar

• Monday, February 24: Academic Internship Program Information Sessions:
Buckman 102, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (Sophomores & Juniors: Attend one 30-minute session beginning at 12:30, 1:00 or 1:30)
• Tuesday, February 25: Academic Internship Program Information Sessions: Buckman 102, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (Sophomores & Juniors: Attend one 30-minute session beginning at 12:30, 1:00 or 1:30)
• Wednesday, February 26: Academic Internship Program Information Sessions:
Buckman 102, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (Sophomores & Juniors: Attend one 30-minute session beginning at 12:30, 1:00 or 1:30)
• Thursday, February 27: Academic Internship Program Information Sessions:
Buckman 102, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (Sophomores & Juniors: Attend one 30-minute session beginning at 12:30, 1:00 or 1:30)
• Thursday, February 27: Slam Dunk Networking: Canale Arena Skybox, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.This is your chance to hone your networking skills!  Come enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvers during the evenings CBU basketball games vs. West Florida, and practice your “networking” skills with CBU alumni and recruiters. (Limited to 35 students – RSVP through your CBU CareerLinX Account)

• Tuesday, March 4: Career Power Half Hour – Resume Writing; Buckman 102, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
• Thursday, March 6: Pizza & Professionals (CBIZ); Buckman 102, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Safe Zones Spring Training

safezoneCBU’s Safe Zone Program launched last fall, and 32 faculty and staff members completed training and became Safe Zone Allies. Sponsored by Student Life and the CBU Gay Straight Alliance and endorsed by the Faculty Assembly, the Safe Zone Program aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed, asexual or ally (LGBTQIA) students; to improve the overall campus environment for these students; and to educate students, faculty and staff on LGBTQIA issues.

Safe Zone Allies:

  1. Believe that our campus is enriched and enlivened by the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed or asexual people.
  2. Are aware of the presence of LGBTQIA students and colleagues and are willing to engage them in genuine dialogue and interaction.
  3. Are willing to discuss issues that impact LGBTQIA people in a nonjudgmental manner.
  4. Are willing to help students access support and information on campus and in the community.
  5. Understand the sensitive nature of LGBTQIA issues and respect the privacy of LGBTQIA students.
  6. Use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and do not assume heterosexuality.

Do you want to designate your office as a CBU Safe Zone? Were you unable to attend our fall training?

We will hold our spring Safe Zones training for interested faculty and staff on Friday, March 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Montesi Conference Room. Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Sciences) will facilitate the training. To sign up, contact Dr. Emily Holmes, Chair of the CBU Safe Zone Program Committee.

More information about CBU Safe Zones can be found at this link >>> 

Online Evaluations are On!

Online course evaluations for the first 8-week term will close soon! Your thoughtful assessment is needed. As a bonus, students completing ALL of their evaluations will be entered in a drawing for a great prize. Just ask Stephen Bissonnette (MED), last semester’s winner! To access the online evaluation form, click here.

Want to Become a Resident Assistant?

The Office of Residence Life is seeking students
for one of the best student leadership positions available anywhere! If you are interested in taking an active role in life, you may want to consider applying to become a Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are assigned to oversee residents, programming, administrative work, and the ongoing development of the Residence Life program. RAs provide personal and individual assistance to students who have problems or questions about residence life and the general college experience. The Office of Residence Life looks for RA candidates who demonstrate a strong interest in people, are deeply involved in their CBU experience, and have a proven record of responsibility. If you are organized, hardworking, and want to contribute positively to your community, then the RA position is for you. We look forward to seeing your application and learning about how you would ³make CBU home² for our residents.

RA Application Process – How to Apply
1. Attend an Information Session
All students interested in applying for a Resident Assistant position must attend one of the offered information sessions being held. Detailed information regarding the application process will be distributed at these meetings. Dates for the info sessions are posted below.

2. Read the RA Information
In order to fully understand the responsibilities associated with the RA position, we strongly encourage you to carefully read the Resident Assistant job description. We also recommend that you talk with your RA to learn more about the position before applying.

3. Apply
Apply online here — OR applications are located in the Office of Student Life.The application is due to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7.

4. Look for Information about the Interview Process
Candidates will be notified by email if they have been selected to participate in the interview process.

Information Sessions
• Monday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the LLC Classroom
• Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the LLC Classroom
Candidates only need to attend one info session.

Deadline: Applications are due in the Office of Residence Life by March 7 by 5:00 p.m.

Bridge Builders Seeking Summer Staff

BRIDGES is looking for passionate and energetic individuals to serve as Summer Staff and AmeriCorps Service Members in the Bridge Builders Summer Leadership Conferences.

BRIDGES unites and inspires diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. This summer, 1,400 students in grades 7-12 will develop their leadership skills and connect with youth from across the Mid-South through the Bridge Builders Leadership Conferences. Applications are accepted through Friday, February 28 for the following positions:

7th-10th Grade Leadership Conferences
• BRIDGES AmeriCorps Member: Conference Facilitator, Grades 7-10
• BRIDGES AmeriCorps Member: Logistics and Coordination Team

11th-12th Grade Leadership Conferences
• BRIDGES AmeriCorps Member: Conference Facilitator, Grades 11-12
• BRIDGES AmeriCorps Member: Logistics and Coordination Team
• Resident Adviser

Additional information and application at

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar for 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 3 at the University Theater to see stand-up comedian Wendi Fox speak about alcohol on college campuses. Her “Celebrate Safe” program is an effective and entertaining alcohol/drug aware responsibility program that takes audiences on a roller coaster ride of wild stories, shocking moments, safety tips and sobering laughs. Fox is a NCAA-certified speaker who has spoken hundreds of colleges across the nation. Check this link a sample of her material on YouTube!

Fr. David Knight (Catholic Studies) and Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religious Studies ’11, Catholic Studies ’18) will appear as guests on Dr. Mary McDonald’s radio talk-show, “Seize the Day” on March 19 (AM 990 KWAM, 8:00 a.m.) to discuss the release of their latest books. Also, the two will have a booksigning at St. Paul Book & Gift Store (5101 Sanderlin) on April 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m. All current CBU students, faculty, friends, benefactors, and alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend.

EARLY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT FORUM: The Urban Child Institute, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Department of Preventive Medicine, the UTHSC Neuroscience Institute, and the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will present the 2014 Frank M. Norfleet Forum for the Advancement of Health on Thursday, March 20 at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. The topic of the forum is “Early Brain Development and Function: Impact on Social and Health Outcomes” which will deal with the latest research on early childhood adversity and how science can inform our efforts to help at-risk children. The Norfleet Forum is open to the general public, health care professionals, and researchers for a $25 registration fee, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Details and registration are available at this link.

DOROTHY & KEMMONS WILSON SPEAKER SERIES: The Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson Speaker Series will be held t Christ United Methodist Church which will be held on April 7 at 7:00 p.m., featuring guest speaker Dennis Rainey. Dennis Rainey is an author, speaker and CEO and host of “Family Life Today,” a nationally syndicated radio program. He is a champion for marriage and the family and has authored or co-authored more than two dozen books including the best selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close. He has also received two Golden Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Rainey serves as the senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series which has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been translated into 47 languages. The Wilson Speaker Series is a family event and free to the public. It was created to honor the legacy of Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson and their Christian faith.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President for faculty and staff has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 10 beginning with snacks at 12:30 p.m. in the University Theater. 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.