This Week at CBU

BLOOD DRIVE: The Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive on campus on January 27 in the Swashbuckler, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. At this drive, you can give:
Blood: The most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of ‘whole blood’ is given. This type of blood donation usually takes about an hour.
Double Red Cells: A Double Red Cell donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor.  These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood.

GIRL TALK TUESDAY: Young Ladies United’s next Girl Talk Tuesday will be Tuesday, January 27 in Sabbatini Lounge at 5:00 p.m. The topic will be “If you saw me, what would you think?” Discussion topics include what is considered appropriate attire for young ladies, and the stereotypes that come with dressing certain types of ways. Feel free to bring your dinner with you.

ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS: 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 techniques, helpful resources, self-assessment, self-motivation, etc. The remaining sessions will be held at 1:00-1:50 p.m. on January 29, February 5, and February 12 in the LLC Classroom (Room 104) 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. 

NAACP CHAPTER MEETING: Thursday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211), Members are encouraged to come for information and to pay dues. All interested students are welcome too!

PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION AWARENESS: Thursday, January 29. Email naacp@cbu.edu for more information!

GMAT/GRE REFRESHER SERIES (QUANTITATIVE): CBU Graduate Business Programs are hosting this session on Thursday, January 29 for students interested in supplementing their study aids and resources for the GRE/GMAT. Students who need to retest for either exam are also encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The session will be held in St. Joseph Hall 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and cost is $20 (cash or check). For more information, contact Keeley Seniuk at kseniuk@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3555.

HOT CHOCOLATE SOCIAL WITH THE BROTHERS: Come out to the LLC Commons Thursday night, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. for the Lasallian Collegians’ Hot Chocolate Social with the Brothers! There will be hot chocolate and a time to talk with the Brothers and the Lasallian Collegians!

mickey&minnieDISNEY DANCE: Come one, come all! The Honors Program welcomes all students to dress up in Disney duds for their Disney Dance on Friday, January 30, in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211), 8:00-11:00 p.m. Featuring Disney-themed decorations, hors d’oeuvres, music, a magical photo booth, COSTUME CONTEST, and Pin the Tail on the Eeyore game! Prizes will be given to the best dressed male and female, and there will be chocolate fondue!! It promises to be a happily-ever-after evening! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Tickets $3 in Alfonso Dining Hall or at the door.

LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INTERVIEWS: The CBU Admissions Office is holding interviews on campus with prospective students for the Leadership Scholarship Program on Saturday, January 31. The Leadership Scholarship Program is a leadership-based scholarship awarded to two students each year for outstanding leadership and service in his or her community. Recipients of this scholarship will receive support from Student Life in developing a New Student Organization that can have a lasting impact on the university. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees, and it replaces all other CBU scholarships and grants awarded.

ALSO ON CAMPUS THIS WEEK:
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is holding its Regional Leadership Conference at CBU on Thursday, January 29. FBLA is a national vocational student organization for students in high schools and middle schools who are interested in business or business education careers.
District 1 of Tennessee DECA (Shelby County chapters) is holding its 
Career Development Conference and Competitions at CBU on Friday, January 30. DECA is a national organization for high school students that prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.

 

Thanks from the Angels

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The Community of St. Therese of Lisieux was completely amazed at the outpouring of support from the CBU Community during the holidays. Campus Ministry is grateful and proud to say that every Angel from the CBU Angel Tree was taken, and every area from our CBU family contributed — students, staff, faculty, clubs, sororities, fraternities, athletes — what a demonstration of Lasallian spirit!

The thank-you cards coming in from the residents of St. Therese have been so heartfelt; here are just a few snippets:

  • “I can’t express how grateful I am you came to our place, took a list of wishes and made it a real Christmas for me.”
  • “I never had anything so nice happen in my life.”
  • “Thank You! For caring about me and please come back soon.”
  • “THANK YOU for making my Christmas amazing!! Bless you”
  • “Thank you for making us feel we are a part of the community and you care about us.”
  • “I have never had things so warm and a clock and book, everything so special.  Thank you for caring.”

Campus Ministry thanks everyone at CBU for sharing our mission!

CBU in the Media

The Commercial Appeal published a guest commentary by President John Smarrelli Jr. in its January 25 edition entitled “‘Tennessee Promise’ is not that promising.” In discussing Gov. Haslam’s “Tennessee Promise” program for free community college tuition and President Obama’s endorsement of a nationally expanded version, Dr. Smarrelli points out that “When ‘free’ community college is available, high school guidance counselors are inadvertently, but invariably, pressured to direct graduating seniors to these options and away from traditional four-year institutions.” and goes on to conclude that “[W]e take issue with any proposal, however well-meaning, that would privilege a community college degree and prematurely remove a four-year degree from consideration.” 

For those without access to The Commercial Appeal’s online edition, please click here for a PDF version of Dr. Smarrelli’s commentary.

Career Services Calendar

THIS WEEK
Tuesday, January 27: Career Power Hour – Job Search Strategies (Buckman Hall102, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) There are all kinds of ways to go about finding a job.  Learn some of the strategies that you may not have considered, and how they might best fit into your own job search plans.  Join us!
Thursday, January 29: Pizza & Professionals: The Exchange Club (Buckman Hall 102, 12:30 – 1:30 pm)

NEXT WEEK
Tuesday, February 3: Career Power Hour – Resume Writing (Buckman Hall 102, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) Whether you’re starting a resume from scratch, tweaking one that you’ve been using for years, or anywhere in between, this workshop can help!  Join us to learn some of the fine points of resume writing, what to include (and not to include), as well as tips on cover letters and references.  Be there!
Wednesday, February 4: Mock Interview Day  (Buckman Hall 207, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Whether you’re a “rookie” w hen it comes to job interviews, or whether you’ve been on several, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your skills.  This is your chance to interview with a professional recruiter from such companies as ServiceMaster, CBRE, CBIZ, and others, and then get immediate feedback on your interviewing skills.  This is just for practice, so it’s great way to shake the nerves and brush up on your skills before the real thing!  This opportunity only comes around once semester…so don’t miss out!  Sign up begins on January 21st.  Advanced Sign-Up Required
Thursday, February 5: Practice Test Drive: LSAT and MCAT (Buckman Hall, 1:00-4:30 p.m.) Advanced Sign-Up Required
Friday, February 6: Kaplan Campus Visit – Sample Tests, Questions, Test Review
(Buckman Hall 208, 1:00-3:00 p.m.)

Lasallian Collegians: January’s Core Principle

The core principle for January is Faith in the Presence of God. Sometimes, especially when things are getting tough, it can be difficult to have faith that everything will be okay. We talked to a few people on campus and asked them how they keep their faith and what this principle means to them.

One student said that “Faith in the Presence of God means unconditional love and [that] God is the top priority in my life.”

Another student said that this principle is a helpful reminder that “God is the supporting parent that is always there for you and that you can pray to for help when you need it. He’s like a backstage deckhand that you don’t always see but you know that He is running the show.”

Yet another student remarked that “Faith in the presence of God can have many different interpretations. In my eyes, this core principle means to live a life as if God is always watching you. It means to take pride in the fact (in others words, have faith) that God is looking out for you and that he has a plan for you…basically he is in control of the decisions you make and is there to give you guidance when needed.”

“Faith in the presence of God for me means to know that God has plans for me, plans for good and not for evil, which give me a future and a hope. And it is through that hope and trust in God that assist my walk with Him every day. We are always to be grateful for what God has done and will do in our lives if we continue to love and walk humbly with God daily,” said another student.

What does Faith in the Presence of God mean to you? Post it on the Lasallian Collegians Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CBULasallianCollegians.

Celebrating MLK Day with Honors

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The CBU Honors Program celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 19 with a visit to the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum. Pictured in the iconic I AM A MAN Sanitation Strike exhibit are students Sara Swisher, Taylor Flake,  Brenda Hurlbut, Rachel Black, and James Haggard. Other participants were Tiffany Corkran, Saehymn Oh, Sydney Kermeen, Kierra Turner, Caitlin Revers, Richard Townley, Sam Tope-Ojo, and Dr. Tracie Burke. Attendees each took a canned good to contribute to the Museum’s food drive, and while they were visiting who did they see volunteering on her day off from work, but 2014-15 CBU Lasallian Fellow Mallory Harvey!

 

Come Away With Your Classmates!

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MORE STIPENDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS, UP TO $500, AVAILABLE TO FIRST STUDENTS TO REGISTER FOR ROME/PARIS STUDY TRIP CLASSES!!

Come Away with your Classmates! With half the school year over, make plans for the London-Paris trip in May. Classes offered are International Financial Management: FIN 437 and Global Studies: GS 300 (Honors and Regular). After class, ride the big red double-decker bus, enjoy the sites of Big Ben, House of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, then on to Paris for the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysses, a Seine river cruise and meet the Mona Lisa up close and personal. To save your spot pay a $300 deposit to the Business office by January 27… or check with study abroad office for extension. Study abroad now has several $500 stipends for students traveling this year, so fill out the form. For more information on this trip or classes or stipends follow this link.

So you want to go on the London Paris trip? Now what?
1. Pay $300 to Business office by January 27… or contact the Study Abroad office for an extension, to reserve your spot. Deposit fully refundable if trip fails to make. (Make check payable to CBU with note London/ Paris trip deposit.)

2. Apply for stipend for trip cost immediately. (Up to $500). Applications must be received in Study Abroad office by February 3. Subsidy recipients will be notified by February 17.

3. Complete Study Abroad Application and return to Study Abroad office.

4. Register for 2nd 8 week session class that begins after Spring Break: GS300: The Global Citizen (regular or honors) and/or FIN 437: International Finance. Meeting time is TBA to accommodate the schedule of all students enrolled. GS class satisfies Social Science GER.

5. Pay incrementally or pay in full. After $300 January payment, pay an additional $1000 for a total of $1300 by February 27. Full payment due by March 16, unless special arrangements are made with Study Abroad office. (Full time students register as part of their normal class load and pay no extra tuition. Part-time and overload students pay $200 for credit hour.)

6. Go to cbu.edu/studyabroad or contact Study Abroad office for more information. Call (901) 321-3264 or drop by Buckman Hall 342 or 346.

For the Love of Gardening

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The Rose Deal School of Arts is cosponsoring a series of gardening workshops during February to benefit GrowMemphis gardens. Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). All workshops will be held at CBU, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

  • February 5: Vegetable Gardening Basics (Hosted by Marie Dennan and Kenny Latta, TIGUrS Garden Volunteers, Community Gardeners
  • February 12: Soil Building & Composting (Hosted by Dallas Holland and Adam Guerrero, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts)
  • February 19: Maintaining Your Garden (Hosted by Art Johnson, Garden Coordinator at TIGUrS Urban Garden)
  • February 26: Sustaining Your Garden (Hosted by Adam Guerrero and Jovantae Thomas, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts)

To register, go to www.fortheloveofgardening.brownpapertickets.com.  Questions? Call (901) 552-4298.

Faculty & Staff: Sign up for Online W-2

CBU is pleased to announce that employees and former employees can access W-2 tax forms securely online. 2014 forms will be available by January 31.

Employees who consent to receive Form W-2 online will not receive a paper copy. This will apply to W-2 forms for the current calendar year and all future years. Employees who do not consent will continue to receive a paper copy of the W-2.

An employee who chooses to receive Form W-2 online can also request a paper copy by contacting the Payroll Office at (901) 321-3383 or payroll@cbu.edu. Request for a paper copy does not withdraw the employee’s consent for electronic delivery of future W-2 statements.

Consent may be withdrawn by sending an email or other written notice to payroll@cbu.edu. If consent is withdrawn, it will only be effective for W-2 statements not yet issued.

Benefits of receiving an electronic W-2 Statement

  • Earlier access to the Form W-2.
  • No possibility an employee’s Form W-2 might be lost, stolen, or delayed in the mail.
  • Access is available at the same easy-to-use, secure web site at which an employee can access wage and general account information any time, any day.
  • Multiple levels of security, including the employee’s ID number and personally chosen PIN number, protect all information within the BannerWeb System

Instructions to Access Your Form W-2 

  • Once you consent to receiving your W-2 electronically, you may access it by completing the following steps:
  • Go to https://my.cbu.edu/bannerweb/
  • Click “continue”
  • Enter your ID number and PIN number.
  • Click on “Employee Services” then choose “Tax Forms” and then “W-2 Year End Earnings Statement.” The first time you log in you will be prompted to consent to view the  electronic version W-2.
  • Select the tax year for the W-2 you wish to access.

For assistance with your username and PIN assignment contact the IT Help Desk at (901) 321-4438 or help@cbu.edu.

Upcoming Events

ROCKY HORROR SHOW: Join Student Life at Playhouse on the Square for the Rocky Horror Show on February 7 at 8:00 p.m. A satirical tribute to the science fiction and B-list horror movies of 20th century, the show centers around two naïve lovers, Brad and Janet, who seek shelter from a thunderstorm in an old castle and find themselves thrust into the laboratory of the cross-dressing mad scientist Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter and his motley crew. Tickets are limited, so sign up now at www.cbu.edu/memphis-community-programs. (Contains strong adult language and adult situations)

WHAT IS NAACP?: Come and get your questions answered about the organization! Thursday, February 12 at noon; location TBA. More info at naacp@cbu.edu.

LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL:  Everyone is invited to join the NAACP at the Legislative Day on the Hill in Nashville on Tuesday, February 17. Email naacp@cbu.edu to express interest!

Get Your “Bucs Treasure” App

bucs_treasureCBU Athletics and Student Government Association are proud to announce Bucs Treasure, a loyalty program and mobile device app that rewards CBU students for supporting CBU Athletics and SGA events.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with SuperFanU, an industry leader in sports loyalty apps, and provide this innovative and engaging mobile app to our fans and students,” said Brian Summers, Director of Athletics. “This platform is currently used by major Division I institutions like Michigan and UCLA, but also used by Gulf South Conference peers West Florida and North Alabama. The app will allow us to interact with our students and fans, while providing them incentives to attend our CBU athletics events. We’re currently offering a 40-inch TV top prize and look forward to adding smaller- and larger-scale rewards as we develop Bucs Treasure.”

  • A check-in system that earns you points for attending Bucs athletic events
  • Stay up-to-date with a consolidated schedule listing event dates, game times, & point values
  • Earn points to unlock rewards and exclusive discounts
  • Official Leaderboard noting your rank compared to top point holders
  • Share to Twitter/Facebook and compete with friends

Download Bucs Treasure now for Android or iPhone and fill out your profile so you can start earning rewards! You can also find more info and track your account online at CBUBucsTreasure.com.

Buccaneer Bulletin

SCOREBOARD
MEN’S BASKETBALL (9-8, 6-7 GSC)
01/22: Bucs 65Shorter 96 (at Canale Arena)
01/24: Bucs 76, Lee 55 (at Canale Arena)
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (5-14, 3-10 GSC)
01/22: Lady Bucs 46Shorter 57 (at Canale Arena)
01/24: Lady Bucs 57Lee 69 (at Canale Arena)

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
MEN’S BASKETBALL
01/29: Mississippi College (Clinton, MS; 8:00 p.m.)
01/31: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 4:00 p.m.)
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
01/29: Mississippi College (Clinton, MS; 6:00 p.m.)
01/31: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 2:00 p.m.)
BASEBALL
02/01: LeMoyne-Owen College (Nadicksbernd Field; noon doubleheader)
SOFTBALL
02/01: Harding University (Searcy, AR; noon doubleheader)

Fight Fire With Fire!

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HOMECOMING WACKY OLYMPICS
Tuesday, January 20 • 7:00 p.m. • Canale Arena
It’s the fiercest time of the year for our student organizations! Everyone wants to be the Homecoming Champion! The glory, the prestige, the undisputed winner… Our road to “Dousing the Flames” begins with Wacky Olympics!  Some of the silliest, yet competitive games in which you will ever participate. It takes guts to get the glory… are you up for the challenge? The winning organization walks away with the first points on their way to being crowned homecoming champion!

HOMECOMING ALL-SING COMPETITION
Wednesday, January 21 • 8:00 p.m. • University Theater
It’s our own version of “Glee.”  CBU’s brightest stars warm up their vocal chords and tune their air guitars! Come out for a night of pure entertainment! Our organizations have worked hard to craft a performance you won’t soon forget.  The lights, the fame, the hours of practice all come down to this… Who will win the coveted All-Sing title?  Who will walk away one step closer to the championship? Come and find out…

THROW BACK THURSDAY
Thursday, January 22 • 5:00 p.m. • Canale Arena
Come watch the Bucs and Lady Bucs warm up for Saturday’s big games by taking on the Shorter Hawks at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. The “Throw Back Thursday” Fashion Show & Competition will be held at halftime. Deck out in your favorite decade during the evening’s basketball games! Plus the annual Homecoming Banner Competition — banners will be judged on overall originality and theme development.

TRIVIA & GAMES NIGHT
Friday, January 23 • 7:00 p.m. • Alfonso Dining Hall & Sabbatini Lounge

HOMECOMING GAMES
Saturday, January 24 • 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. • Canale Arena
It’s the moment of truth… From the first tip of the ball in the women’s game to the closing seconds of the men’s game, we need you in the stands cheering our teams to victory! Homecoming Court nominees and the homecoming champions will be announced during the games! Special music and prize giveaways!

ALUMNI SKYBOX PARTY
Saturday, January 24 • Starting at 2:00 p.m. • Canale Arena Skybox
Alums are invited to watch the games from the Skybox, while enjoying beer and a hot dog bar!

HOMECOMING DANCE
Saturday, January 24 • 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. • The River Terrace on Mud Island 
Buses leave from the Central Lot every 15-30 minutes starting at 9:30. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned!

This Week at CBU

leafSUSTAINABILITY MEETING: The Student Sustainability Coalition is having an interest meeting Tuesday, January 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the LLC. Discussion topics will include GrowMemphis Garden Workshop dates, Garden Work Day, Botanic Gardens field trip, Lichterman Nature Center field trip, and possible events like a River Clean-up and a Garden Harvest and Cooking Workshop at Sean MacInnes’ house behind the baseball apartments! This semester is going to be very fun and very green!

greek-theater-masksTHEATRE AUDITIONS: The Theatre Department will be holding open auditions on Wednesday, January 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Come prepared to do cold readings from the script. Several plays are under consideration at this time, including Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story and a one-act by Susan-Lori Parks. The directors for these productions will be Matthew Hamner and Kristian Sean O’Hare. For more information, contact Matthew Hamner at mhamner@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3026.

ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS: 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 techniques, helpful resources, self-assessment, self-motivation, etc. The sessions will be held on Thursdays at 1:00-1:50 p.m. as follows:  January 22, January 29, February 5, and February 12 in the LLC Classroom (Room 104) 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. 

 

CBU Honored with NCAA Academic Excellence Award

After posting a successful Academic Success Rate, CBU is being honored with an Academic Excellence Award by the NCAA.

As part of the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program, now in it’s fourth year, CBU will be honored after seeing a graduation success rate of 90 percent among its student-athletes. CBU earned this accolade alongside 20+ additional Division II institutions for achieving four-year ASRs of 90 percent or higher.

“This year’s Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence honorees are outstanding examples of Division II’s success in the classroom and off the field,” said Tom Haas, president of Grand Valley State University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “We are delighted to share in their successes and commend them for their continued excellence.”

The Academic Success Rate measures graduation success for Division II schools and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships. In 2012-13, only 62 percent of Division II student-athletes receive some level of athletics aid.

The Division II ASR also captures about 54 percent more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the ASR also counts student-athletes who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere and removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. The national four-year ASR is 71 percent.

Five CBU Soccer Players Named All-Academic

Gulf South Conference Sports Information Directors and Faculty Athletic Representatives named five Christian Brothers University soccer players to the FireSeeds Academic All-GSC Teams, and 30 athletes earned spots on the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Three players represented CBU on the women’s soccer Academic All-GSC Team. Midfielder Carmen Manes (’15) was a first-team All-GSC player while carrying a 3.33 GPA in liberal studies. Midfielder Camilla Rodrigues (’16) was a Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-GSC selection while carrying a 3.43 GA in civil engineering. Defender Gabrielle Pilgrim (’17) joined them on the Academic All-GSC team, carrying a 3.94 GPA in English. She was a Second-Team All-GSC selection as a sophomore, anchoring the defense again this season.

Two players represented CBU on the men’s soccer Academic All-GSC Team. Defender Sean Rutter (’15) was a first-team All-GSC selection and carries a 3.47 GPA in business administration. Forward Kevin Tikhomiroff (’16) has a 3.27 GPA in business administration while playing a key role as midfielder.

The women’s soccer team placed 13 players on the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll, followed by 10 men’s soccer players, three men’s cross country runners, three women’s cross country runners and one volleyball player.

To be nominated for the Academic All-GSC Team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be starters or significant contributors to the team. Freshmen and first-semester transfers are ineligible. SID’s and FAR’s of GSC member schools conduct a joint vote to select the winners. The Academic Honor Roll comprises all players who carry at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and participate in at least one game, match or meet against outside competition.

Student Organization News

The CBU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers would like to announce its officers for 2015: Kolbie Seay,  President; Reggie Raney, Vice President Internal; Jamie Guieb, Vice President External; Yuliana Luna, Secretary; Robert Tworek, Treasurer; Georgina Johns, Social Chair; Christie Moore, Fundraising Chair; Brennan Clement, Intramural Chair; Dr. Andrew Assadollahi, Concrete Canoe/Steel Bridge Faculty Advisor;  and Mr. Gene McGinnis, Chief Faculty Advisor.

The Tennessee Delta chapter of Tau Beta Pi recently elected their officers for 2015.  They include: Becky Wauford, President; Jose Oliva, Vice President; Mikayla Ortner, Corresponding Secretary; Camilla Rodrigues, Recording Secretary; and Gabrielle Sereika, Treasurer.  Mr. Gene McGinnis is the Chief Faculty Advisor.

SaveFirst Tax Preparation Initiative

CBU is partnering with Impact Tennessee, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis to  provide free tax preparation services for low-income working families in conjunction with SaveFirst and the Binghampton Development Corporation. SaveFirst trains college, graduate, and law students to provide free services and opportunities for savings to low-income, working families — especially targeting those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. CBU is also sponsoring a poverty course that will incorporate SaveFirst in 2015. Tax preparation services will start Thursday, January 22, and continue through April. Student tax professionals will be at the Binghampton Development Corporation (280 Tillman Street) Wednesdays through Saturdays.

CBU in the Media

A January 12 article in The Commercial Appeal entitled “CBU enrollment gets boost from Kuwaiti students” covered 38 new students from Kuwait as part of a scholarship program through the  Kuwait Cultural Ministry. Among those quoted in the article were President John Smarrelli and Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Engineering).

CBU’s partnership in the SaveFirst tax preparation program (see above) was covered in two January 14 television news broadcasts — on WREG Channel 3 with a report entitled “Free tax preparation offered to low-income families” and on WMC-TV Channel 5 with a report entitled “Tax preparation services to be offered free to low-income families.”

Career Services Calendar

• Wednesday, January 21: Cupcakes & Conversation: Careers with … (Company TBA); 3:00 p.m., Buckman 211 (Montesi Executive Center)
• Thursday, January 22: Pizza & Professionals:  (Company TBA); Buckman 102, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, January 27: Career Power Hour: Job Search Strategies; 1:00 p.m., Buckman 102
• Thursday, January 29: Pizza & Professionals with the Exchange Club; 12:30 p.m., Buckman 102

Lasallian Collegians: Five Core Principles

Lasallians refer to five core principles to guide them in life: Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Faith in the Presence of God, Inclusive Community, Respect for All Persons, and Quality Education. This semester, Lasallian Collegians will explore a different principle every month.

Faith in the Presence of God: This was important to St. John Baptiste de La Salle. Although many trials came his way while he was beginning the De La Salle Christian Brothers, he maintained his faith and knew that all that he was doing was in God’s Hands. A phrase that we see often that came from La Salle is “The work is yours, Lord.” La Salle had faith in God that everything would work out. Maybe not how or when La Salle expected, but it would still work out.

On Thursday night, January 29, the Lasallian Collegians invite everyone to the LLC Commons for a Hot Chocolate Social with the Brothers! There will be hot chocolate and a time to talk with the Brothers and the Lasallian Collegians!

Stipends Available for London-Paris Trip!

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR STIPENDS FOR THE LONDON PARIS TRIP!
Classes TBA begin after Spring Break. Register Now.

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: Fin 473 and Global Studies: GS 300, regular and honors, and experience the international life. Many amazing sights in London and Paris include Buckingham Palace, House of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, and more. You may even spot the royal family. In Paris visit the Eiffel tower, shop at Galleries Lafayette, stroll the Champs Elysees, see Mona Lisa at the Louvre and learn about international finance and global issues. Experience the world for yourself, as it will have great advantages in life. Study abroad now has several $500 dollar stipends for qualified students who are traveling abroad this year.

So you want to go on the London Paris trip? Now what?

1. Pay $300 to Business office by January 27 to reserve your spot, fully refundable if trip fails to make. (Make check payable to CBU with note London/ Paris trip deposit.)
2. Apply for stipend for trip cost immediately. (Up to $500). Applications must be received in Study Abroad office by February 3. Subsidy recipients will be notified by February 17.
3. Complete Study Abroad Application and return to Study Abroad office.
4. Register for 2nd 8 week session class that begins after Spring Break: GS300: The Global Citizen (regular or honors) AND/OR FIN 437: International Finance. Meeting time is TBA to accommodate the schedule of all students enrolled.  GS class satisfies Social Science GER.
5. Pay incrementally or pay in full. After $300 January payment, pay an additional $1000 for a total of $1300 by February 27. Full payment due by March 16, unless special arrangements are made with Study Abroad office. (*Full time students register as part of their normal class load and pay no extra tuition. Part time and overload students pay $200 for credit hour.)
6. Go to cbu.edu/studyabroad or contact Study Abroad office for more information. (901) 321-3264, Buckman Hall 342 or 346.

CBU Healthy Initiative Naming Contest

fitbitOver the years, CBU has endeavored to build a healthy community and campus. This year, we plan to be more active in this pursuit. In order to achieve this goal, the Benefits and Compensation Committee is creating a new Healthy Initiative Program to help promote a healthy lifestyle amongst faculty and staff here on campus.

CBU is a participant in the Memphis Business Group on Health’s CEO Culture of Health Initiative, committing CBU to promoting and supporting the health of its employees through the University culture, policies, benefits, and programs. Through the Culture of Health Initiative, CBU will actively promote employee health by creating programs that offer employees physical activity support, increase healthy eating options, and promote a wellness culture, initiatives certified by the American Heart Association’s Fit Friendly Business Program.

To kick off the program, the Committee is sponsoring a contest to name CBU’s program. The winner of this contest will receive a Fitbit Tracker for his or her contribution of naming the Healthy Initiative. Please visit www.cbu.edu/healthy-name for details and a handy form to use to submit your suggestions for a name.

Submit your ideas and you could win a brand new Fitbit!

The contest will end January 23. We encourage you to participate and help contribute to CBU’s new healthy community!

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive on campus on January 27 in the Swashbuckler, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. At this drive, you can give:

Blood: The most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of ‘whole blood’ is given. This type of blood donation usually takes about an hour.
Double Red Cells: A Double Red Cell donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor.  These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood.

Why Give?
Blood is essential for life: it carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fights infections, and helps heal wounds. And everyone has this self-generating resource that can be generously given to others—when and where it is needed most.

  • Accidents happen 24/7 that put our friends, family, and neighbors in danger
  • Blood transfusions save the lives of cardiac patients during surgery
  • Premature infants come into the world often needing blood to survive

You or someone you know will need blood.
If not personally in need, at some point we will all know a friend, neighbor, family member, or co-worker who needs a blood transfusion. In fact, 1 out of 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. From natural disasters to unforeseen catastrophes, emergency hospital procedures to life-long battles with chronic diseases such as sickle cell, the demand for blood is constant. The supply is not. And since there is no substitute, only volunteer blood donors can roll up their sleeves and save lives.

 

CBU Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015

The Christian Brothers University Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2015. This year’s five inductees will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet Friday night, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $45 each, and a table of eight is $360.

Bill Bintz (’73) starred in basketball from 1969 to 1973. He played in 87 games, scoring 1,202 points. He averaged more than 17 points per game in his final two seasons. He led CBU to four straight winning records, including a 19-7 mark as a senior.
Kenny Greene (’84) starred in baseball from 1980 to 1983. In 154 games, he hit .325 with 40 home runs and 150 runs batted in, both school records at the time. His 40 homers are still the CBU career record, and he still ranks second in career RBI.
Leon Haag (’60) starred in basketball from 1957 to 1960. He played in 82 games, scoring 603 career points. More importantly, he led the teams to three straight 20-win seasons, including 21-7 records, NAIA District 27 championships and National Tournament appearances in his final two seasons.
Taneisha Lenon (’00) starred in basketball from 1996 to 2000. In 88 games, she scored 1,389 points with 190 steals, both school records at the time. She still holds the career record for steals, and she is second on the career scoring list.
Charlie Leonard coached the CBU basketball team from 1990 to 1997, finishing with 127 wins, including six straight winning records and three straight 20-win seasons. Leonard also played for the Bucs from 1971 to 1975, scoring 823 points with 676 rebounds in 88 career games. He ranks 12th in career rebounds.

For more information on the banquet, please contact Brian Summers at (901) 321-3370 or bsummers@cbu.edu.

 

Flu Advice

As many of you are aware, this year’s influenza vaccination does not provide full protection against the particular influenza strain that has been circulating this winter.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the vaccine only reduces the risk of serious disease by 23 percent. Nonetheless, the CDC recommends people still get a flu vaccine. The vaccine may lessen the severity of the symptoms and help prevent serious complications that might arise from contracting the disease. If symptoms are treated within 24-48 hours of onset, there are 3 anti-viral medications that can lessen the duration & severity of the flu symptoms. You will need to visit or call your local physician/clinic for definitive influenza testing and treatment with anti-viral medications. If you have been diagnosed with the flu, please contact Health Services at 321-3260 for help with tracking the illness on campus and possible accommodations during your illness.

The CDC recommends a three step approach to fighting the flu which includes obtaining a flu vaccine, seeking early treatment for symptoms and everyday preventative measures.

Listed below are a few of the preventative measures:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with “flu-like” symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. Fever must be gone without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap & water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Additional information concerning the flu can be found at www.CDC.gov. Any further questions, please contact Heather Harrington in Health Resources Monday-Friday in the Thomas Center, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.