This Week at CBU

DAILY ADVENT READINGS: Campus Ministry has provided a link to the Midwest District website for daily Advent reflections as we prepare once again for the celebration of Christ’s birth. You can find the link at Campus Ministry will continue to pray for the entire CBU community as the Advent season continues.

pancakesPANCAKE STUDY BREAK: The Office of Student Life invites CBU students to attend the Pancake Study Break this Wednesday evening from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. There will be a special coffee bar with extra flavors and add-ins, plus special treats.  The meal will feature pancakes, sausage links, tater tots, and more.  At 7:00 p.m., students are invited to get in the Christmas spirit with special events and prize drawings.


CBU Angel Tree

The Physician Assistant Program
made the first donations to CBU’s Angel Tree for the Community of St. Therese of Lisieux, a two-year residential support program for women who have survived abuse, trafficking, homelessness and addiction. Pictured above are PA students Tara Wander, Natalie Ibrahim, and Gina Sabbatini.

This year’s gift recipients include five women (ages 20, 61, 47, 35, and 17) and three children (ages 7 months, 2½, and 5). Please contact Margretta Dobbs in Campus Ministry for gift suggestions and clothing sizes — or (901) 321-3509.
Sponsored by SGA and Campus Ministry
Please tape your Angel to wrapped package and drop off at Campus Ministry Offices by December 15.
Thank you and God Bless!


Head_Coach_Clint_BrowneClint Browne (Men’s Soccer) has been named South Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Browne led the Bucs to a 14-3-1 record this season, including an 8-1 record and a first-place finish in Gulf South Conference play. The Bucs earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA South Regional, marking the first time they have hosted an NCAA men’s soccer regional. Browne, also the GSC Coach of the Year, won the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year award in 2011 also.

Jose Ferraz (Civil Engineering ’15) was named to the All-South Region First Team by the NSCAA. Ferraz, a forward, scored 13 goals with two assists for 28 points for the Bucs, recording six game-winners as he led CBU to a 14-3-1 record and the NCAA South Regional.

Buccaneer guard Jeff Larkin (Business Administration ’18) won GSC Freshman of the Week after the Bucs went 2-0 to start league play during the first week of December. Larkin averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He scored 15 points in the win against Lee University, following with six points and four rebounds at Shorter University.

The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) recognized Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) in its December 2014 issue of ista views as one of the two new members of an exclusive list of 28 packaging lab professionals worldwide who have earned CPLP Professional status, the highest level of CPLP Certification. The newsletter can be viewed here»» 

Sean Rutter (Business Administration ’15) was named to the All-South Region First Team by the NSCAA. Rutter scored one goal with two assists for four points as he started 16 games at defender. The Bucs allowed just 13 goals in 18 games, recording eight shutouts on the season with a team goals-against average of just 0.70.

Sidy Sall (Business Administration ’15) was named GSC Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the Bucs’ wins during the first week of December. He scored 22 with eight rebounds in a 73-70 win at Lee University and he followed with 21 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in a 74-61 win at Shorter University. For the season, Sall is averaging 15.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Ringing the Bells

President John Smarrelli joined Elise Preston from WREG News Channel 3 ringing bells for the Salvation Army at Kroger on Mendenhall last Friday. CBU was also responsible for two days of the Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign at the Kroger on Union. CBU would like to thank the members of the CBU community who came to represent the university: Ronald Fotso, Matt Billings, Daniel Gully, Nick Cotros, Sean Rowland, Sam Tope-Ojo, Jazzmyn Davenport, Alton Wade, Patrick Held, Brother Tom Sullivan, Brody Lax, Mikayla Ortner, Katherine Knickerbocker, Michael Stuart, Lauren Harrett, and Wilson Phillips. CBU received many compliments and well wishes from the community for our service.
(photos courtesy of @CBUPresident and @CBU_WPhillips)


CBU in the Media

The “Walk Out to the Chalk Out” event organized by the NAACP chapter at CBU was covered by The Commercial Appeal in its December 9 edition in an article entitled “CBU students walk out for ‘chalk out’ to protest police killings; LeMoyne-Owen students march.” The article quoted Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Science), Taylor Flake (History ’17), and Rakesha Gray (English ’17), and was illustrated with a photo of David Lawson (Business Administration ’17) participating in the “Chalk Out.” The event was also referenced in article in the December 11 edition of the Memphis Daily News, entitled “Armstrong’s Comments Overshadow Attorney General’s Visit.”

The photograph of David Lawson was also picked up by the Associated Press and ran on the SFGate website (the online edition of the San Francisco Chronicle).

See the World in a New Light

See the world in a new light by studying abroad.
Study in London and Paris in May 2015 and broaden your horizons. Take courses in International Finance and Global studies and experience the life of London and Paris.  There are many amazing sights include Buckingham Palace, House of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, and you may even spot the royal family. Experience the world for yourself, as it will have great advantages in your future careers and in life. Study Abroad now has four $500 dollar need- based stipends for qualified students who are traveling abroad this year. For more information on the London Paris trip or stipends click here.

$$$$$ FLASH FOR LONDON/PARIS STUDY TRIP! In addition to the four $500 need-based stipends for the trip, there are now four $300 scholarships for students who have travelled before with CBU on a study trip or have spent a semester abroad on a CBU program. Early applications are advised. Request educational travel for your Christmas gifts and remind family and friends that Amy Ware, Director of Career Services at CBU, indicates that international learning experiences enhance your resume. Applications available on the Study Abroad website.

Homecoming Week 2015

Mark your calendars now for the Homecoming festivities next semester!

Tuesday, January 20: Wacky Olympics beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Canale Arena
Wednesday, January 21: All-Sing Competition beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater
Thursday, January 22: Buccaneer and Lady Buc basketball games (vs. Shorter Hawks) beginning at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. in Canale Arena with a “Throw Back Thursday” Fashion Show & Competition at halftime, plus a banner competition
Friday, January 23: Trivia & Games Night beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall and Sabbatini Lounge
Saturday, January 24: Float parade begins by noon; Lady Bucs Homecoming Game vs. the Lee University Flames begins at 2:00 p.m. and the Bucs Homecoming Game vs. the Flames begins at 4:00 p.m. Homecoming Court will be announced at halftime!
Homecoming Dance from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. with buses leaving every 15-30 minutes from Central Lot.

Buccaneer Bulletin

The CBU Bucs finished No. 18 in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire Division II Men’s National Soccer Rankings. The Bucs went 14-3-1, earning the No. 2 seed in the NCAA South Regional but falling in penalty kicks to Saint Leo. The Bucs are the only GSC team in the rankings, and they are one of three South Region teams in the final poll.
CBU’s Buccaneer basketball team climbed to No. 20 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Poll and No. 17 in the D2SIDA Media Poll last week. In the NABC poll, the Bucs rose four spots to No. 20, and they are the top-ranked GSC team and the third of four South Region teams in the rankings. In the D2SIDA poll, the Bucs are the only GSC team in the rankings, and they are also the third of three South Region teams in the poll.

12/11: Bucs 68, Delta State 72 (at Canale Arena)
12/13: Bucs 77, Mississippi College 70 (at Canale Arena)
12/11: Lady Bucs 61, Delta State 40 (at Canale Arena)
12/13: Lady Bucs 45Mississippi College 56 (at Canale Arena)

12/18: University of West Georgia (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
12/20: University of West Alabama (Canale Arena; 4:00 p.m.)
12/18: University of West Georgia (Canale Arena; 5:00 p.m.)
12/20: University of West Alabama (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)

12/31: Harding University (Canale Arena; 3:00 p.m.)
01/03: Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA; 7:00 p.m.)
01/05: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 7:00 p.m.)
01/10: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 3:00 p.m.)
12/31: Harding University (Canale Arena; 1:00 p.m.)
01/03: Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA; 5:00 p.m.)
01/05: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 5:00 p.m.)
01/10: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 1:00 p.m.)