News at CBU

Congratulations to Carol Nadicksbernd (Physical Plant) for submitting the winning name for CBU’s  Healthy Initiative Program to help promote a healthy lifestyle amongst faculty and staff on campus. You’ll notice that Carol is also sporting her new Fitbit, the prize for winning the contest. The new program is part of 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. So c’mon, CBU… BUC UP FOR FITNESS!

Intramural Soccer and Softball sign ups are up! Sign up today at agents and team signups are welcome. The two seasons will be held from March 23 through April 22, and games are planned to be played at the Kroc Center. Also if you are interested in officiating any of these upcoming sports contact Earnest Spiller at  Applications are still being accepted for students interested in becoming an Intramural Commissioner! For more info on this position and how to apply click here.


Members of the CBU Honors Program traveled to New York City for spring break. And where do nerds go when they are in the Big Apple? The library, of course! Pictured above in front of the New York Public Library in Manhattan are Dr. Teri MasonMeghan HuttonCaitlin TerryJeni DavidsonRaKesha GrayAli CrispHannah SchultzTiffany Corkran, and Emily Cross. Also on the trip were Dr. Tracie Burke and Dr. Maureen O’Brien. The group visited the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Chinatown, the Highline, Fifth Avenue, and Central Park. They stopped at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and lit a candle to St. John Baptist de La Salle and took in the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera. It was definitely a spring break to remember! #NerdsTakeNY

The Barret School of Banking, housed on the CBU campus, recently received an endorsement from the independent Community Bankers of America, which is the “voice for more than 6,500 community banks,” to provide new educational opportunities for the nation’s community bankers. “We have been aligned with the community banking industry for more than 40 years, and the affiliation with ICBA confirms this ongoing commitment,” Barret executive director Chris Kelley (MBA ’06) said. “The banking landscape continues to change, and that’s why collaborating on advocacy and education with an industry leader such as ICBA is a necessity. We are very pleased to be endorsed by the national trade association for community banks.”


Two graduate students in the University of MemphisDepartment of Anthropology, Jenessa Gebers (CBU Psychology ’11) and Taylor Arnold, are collaborating with the internationally acclaimed organization Partners In Health Engage to screen Beyond Babyland, an award-winning documentary by local filmmakers David Appleby and Craig Leake exploring the staggering infant mortality rate in Memphis, and host a panel discussion including luminaries such as Dr. Michelle Taylor (head of the Shelby County Health Department’s Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative), Dr. Linda Moses (Director of the Blues Project), Dr. Kathryn Hicks (UofM Department of Anthropology), and Ace Madjlesi (Associate Director of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center). the screening and discussion will take place on Saturday, March 21 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library Conference Room A, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

CBU is proud to once again host the Cup of Nations on April 18, an event where local businesses and individuals join together to honor our city’s diversity and find common ground through a love of sports. The main event is an internationally inclusive adult men’s soccer tournament that features eight local men’s amateur teams representing their respective ethnic cultures. The Memphis Cup also includes a free festival to give family and friends a fun place to eat, play, and watch the games. All players of all nationalities are invited to compete for the Cup. Cost is $100 per 10-person team, and everyone is welcome to watch the matches and enjoy the festival without admission charges. Further information and team registration is available online at