Fight Fire With Fire!


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!

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…

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.

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

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!

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!

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 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!

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 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 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


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 Any further questions, please contact Heather Harrington in Health Resources Monday-Friday in the Thomas Center, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Interested in Living on Campus?

The Department of Residence Life still has some Spring 2015 housing spots available for students. Those interested in applying for on-campus housing, please feel free to contact Alton Wade at or Wilson Phillips at in the Office of Student Life if you have any housing related questions. Call (901) 321-3531 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the week.

Intramural News

Interested in playing 5V5 Basketball for intramurals? Sign up at Also, if you are interested in earning a few extra dollars and have background knowledge in basketball, you can be a referee. Email for more details. 

Are you looking to make some extra cash? CBU intramurals are looking for students that are interested in officiating for the upcoming IM basketball season and are paid $8/hr. Official Training will be held on January 20th at 9:00 p.m. in Canale Arena after the Wacky Olympics. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Earnest Spiller at


Buccaneer Bulletin

01/12: Bucs 71Alabama-Huntsville 75 (at Canale Arena)
01/15: Bucs 55Union University 58 (at Canale Arena)
01/12: Lady Bucs 48, Alabama-Huntsville 51 (at Canale Arena)
01/15: Lady Bucs 49Union University 68 (at Canale Arena)

01/22: Shorter University (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
01/24: Lee University (HOMECOMING; Canale Arena; 4:00 p.m.)
01/22: Shorter University (Canale Arena; 5:00 p.m.)
01/24: Lee University (HOMECOMING; Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)