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 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 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.

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

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

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)

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

Celebrating MLK Day with Honors

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!


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 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


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  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 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 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
  • 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

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 (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

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 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

Buccaneer Bulletin

01/22: Bucs 65Shorter 96 (at Canale Arena)
01/24: Bucs 76, Lee 55 (at Canale Arena)
01/22: Lady Bucs 46Shorter 57 (at Canale Arena)
01/24: Lady Bucs 57Lee 69 (at Canale Arena)

01/29: Mississippi College (Clinton, MS; 8:00 p.m.)
01/31: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 4:00 p.m.)
01/29: Mississippi College (Clinton, MS; 6:00 p.m.)
01/31: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 2:00 p.m.)
02/01: LeMoyne-Owen College (Nadicksbernd Field; noon doubleheader)
02/01: Harding University (Searcy, AR; noon doubleheader)