News at CBU

President John Smarrelli, Steve Crisman (Senior VP for Advancement) and Bob Arnold (Director of Grants & Foundations) were in Washington, DC last week meeting with Tennessee legislators in Congress. Pictured above (counter-clockwise from top) with Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker; with Congressman Steve Cohen; and posing for a #smarrelliselfie in front of the Capitol building.

The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation hosted a service event for their scholarship recipients on February 3 at the Soup Kitchen of St. John’s United Methodist Church. KWFF Scholars from CBU, Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and Memphis Theological Seminary participated. Pictured above in the foreground are Brody Lax (Engineering Physics ’16) and Marie Ryall (Natural Science ’16).

deca-fbla15The CBU School of Business hosted the regional FBLA and DECA conferences on January 29-30 at CBU. This was the third year to host DECA and second to host FBLA. These conferences bring nearly 800 students to the CBU campus for two full days of using our facilities and interacting with student leaders from the School of Business. This year was by far the most challenging year, due to the preparations for the renovation of Kenrick Hall. Special thanks are due to Ray Karasek (Administration & Finance) for his efforts in preparing Kendrick and other facilities for these large gatherings, Christina Brown (School of Business) for serving as the communications and organizational hub of the entire process, and the brothers of Delta Sigma Pi for many hours of physical labor preparing Kenrick for occupancy and two full days of work during the conferences.

Twenty-five CBU students participated in the first Emerging Leaders Seminar on February 5 in the Canale Arena Skybox, where they learned about how to be impactful leaders on-campus and in the community by meeting with Memphis leaders and Teach for America Corps members. This session was created through a partnership between Student Life and Teach for America.