CBU Launches $70 Million Capital Campaign

Representatives of Christian Brothers University announced the public launch of a $70 million capital campaign on June 23 in Spain Auditorium. “Faith in Progress: The Campaign for Advancing Education” now stands as the largest campaign in the history of Memphis’ oldest university. To date, over $30 million of the campaign goal has been secured. The endeavor reflects the University’s vision for the future through elevated programming, improved facilities, an increased endowment, and more powerful outreach.

“At CBU, we teach daily to ‘enter to learn and leave to serve,’” said Dr. John Smarrelli, the first layman to serve as president of Christian Brothers University. “Through this campaign, we can deliver more opportunities to our students and the greater community.”

Capital improvements include the Student and Community Life Center, which will welcome students, alumni, and the Memphis community through the Central Avenue entrance of campus. Construction of the Rosa Deal School of Arts (pictured above), enabled by a legacy gift from CBU’s first female faculty member, breaks ground this summer following reclamation efforts of the School of Arts’ previous location, Kenrick Hall. Over 20 program enhancements combine CBU’s heritage of rigorous and relevant education with the Mid-South’s resources and opportunities.

For more information regarding programs, renderings, and the campaign as a whole, visit cbu.edu/faithinprogress.


Kenrick Hall: A Fond Farewell

The CBU Community of alumni, faculty, staff, and students came together on May 23 for a picnic and a rousing second line funeral march led by the CBHS Band to celebrate and bid a fond farewell to Kendrick Hall, the first building constructed on the Parkway campus 75 years ago. Celebrants were allowed a final tour of the building, which is currently being demolished to make way for the new Rosa Deal of Arts building (see above). Many took away items from the classrooms, attic, and open lockers as keepsakes. (More photos are available at the CBU Flickr site >>)

Many items and architectural features have been salvaged and will be repurposed. Craftsman and arborist Terran Arwood of Woodland Tree Service is collecting the building’s wood materials, as well as two large tulip poplar trees that were removed from the front of the building, to recycle into furniture and keepsakes. These will be made available later online to alumni and others who wish to purchase their own little piece of Kendrick Hall.

The building’s iconic cupola was painstakingly removed and preserved on June 15 by Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc., who managed to support and lift the large copper structure from the Kendrick roof in one piece. Also removed and saved were two large concrete crosses from the roof, a large concrete Signum Fidei crest from the front facade, and the building’s cornerstone.

The Kenrick Memory Project is a collaborative public history project to preserve the history of one of CBU’s oldest buildings and to help build the community culture of CBU. Many of CBU’s stakeholders have vivid memories of their time in Kenrick Hall, and this multimedia project hopes to preserve those memories and the artifacts associated with them and to present them to the current and future CBU community. This project has multiple components. The project team is interested in collecting as many individual memories related to Kenrick as possible. Alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and current students are invited to add to the project by visiting www.kenrickmemoryproject.org.

Commencement Awards

The following graduating seniors were recognized at the 2015 Commencement Exercises with awards from the various schools and the University.

Veronica Virgen Miguel, Outstanding History Student Award
Lauren Faye Ervin, Literature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
Nathaniel Rollie Celeski, Margarette J. Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Award
Matthew George Kotek, Kenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate
Katelynn Logan Hicks, Behavioral Sciences Faculty Award
Kristen Faith DeRidder, Christine Ladd Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-traditional Psychology Major
Anna Elizabeth Liley, Psi Chi Outstanding Leadership Award
Emily Dawn Phillips, Outstanding Visual Arts Student Award

Ally Marie Wanta, Memphis Chapter – Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
Shanice D’Shara Oliver, Moroni-Whaley Award
Jasmine Denean Lewis, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award
Trey Maurice Casey, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key
Taylor Julian Seaman, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

Sean Michael Jenkins, T. Herbert Darnell Award
Nicholas Ryan McKee, Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award
Lauren Ashlee Harrett, Outstanding Civil & Environmental Engineering Graduate Award
Anna Grace Baumheckel, Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate Award

John David Wolfe, Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Award and the Brother Dominic Dunn Award
Jonathan Andrew Aristorenas, Biology Faculty Award
George Edward Gallarno, Mathematical Sciences Faculty Award

Jenna Schletty
, College of Adult Professional Studies Academic Achievement Award

Earnest Spiller, Brother I. Leo O’Donnell Outstanding Student Leadership Award
Nathan Andrew Sampson, Thomas Lipsmeyer Award
Stancia Doretha Harvey, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Trey Maurice Casey, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Taylor Julian Seaman, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award


BelkEdward E. Belk Jr. (Civil Engineering ’84, MEM ’91) was named the recipient of the 2015 Craig Blackman Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the Graduate Engineering Celebration on April 17. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi and a 1999 graduate of the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir, VA.  Mr. Belk was selected by the Secretary of the Army into the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2012 and currently serves as the Chief of Operations and Regulatory Functions for the US Army Corps of Engineers at command Headquarters in Washington, DC.  He has operational and investment oversight of the Corps’ $200 billion national infrastructure portfolio of locks, dams, reservoirs, levees, hydropower facilities, floating plant and related water resources infrastructure. Mr. Belk has received numerous prestigious awards over the years, to include selection as the General J.W. Morris Civilian of the Year for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2012; the Bronze Order of the deFleury Medal, presented in 2009 for superb support and significant contributions to the Engineer Regiment while at war; two separate Army Meritorious Civilian Service Awards for meritorious performance during two tours in Iraq (2009, 2005); the Army Global War on Terrorism Medal for 2009 service as a senior engineering leader in Iraq; and the Outstanding Executive of the Year for the Memphis Area Federal Executive Association in 2006.  Mr. Belk was selected into Tau Beta Pi while at CBU in 1983 and is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers, where he has served as both President and Director for the Memphis Post.

For the second consecutive year, the Gulf South Conference named Buccaneer basketball guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) to the GSC Top Ten as a finalist for the Commissioner’s Trophy, awarded annually to the top overall student-athlete in the GSC, recognizing excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The first Capital One Academic All-America of the Year in the GSC, Casey graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in business administration with a concentration in finance. He averaged 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a senior, earning First Team All-GSC and All-South Region honors, also earning Honorable Mention All-America.

Kyle Edmundson (MSEM) was selected by the Graduate Engineering faculty as a new member of the National Engineering Management Honor Society.  To be selected as a member, one must have at least 3.65 GPA and at least 18 credit hours completion.  Each year CBU new members are limited to 35% of graduate engineering students enrolled that year.  Kyle earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from CBU in 2011.  While he was an undergraduate engineering student at CBU, he co-oped with FedEx (AOD Aircraft Fleet Powerplant Engineering) and interned with Cummins (Manufacturing and Process Engineering).  He has been with FedEx since 2012 and currently is Powerplant Engineer.  He manages both on-wind and off-wing GE CF6 engine maintenance programs.

NCAA Division II south region softball coaches voted Lady Buc softball outfielder Jennifer Gonzalez (Mechanical Engineering ’16) to the National Fastpich Coaches Association All-South Region First Team, the first NFCA All-Region player in school history. Gonzalez hit .418 with a .567 on-base percentage and a .724 slugging percentage, finishing with 56 hits, 15 doubles, eight home runs, 44 runs batted in and 38 runs scored. She led the GS in batting average and on-base percentage, and she ranks 10th in the nation in on-base percentage. She is 28th in the nation in hit by pitches, 54th in walks, 67th in slugging percentage and 71st in batting average.

Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the FE exam and has become an Engineer Intern. Lauren is employed at Smith Seckman Reid, where she was a Structural Engineering Intern prior to her graduation. She also interned with Toyota Motor and Manufacturing as Facilities Engineering/Projects and Building Services Intern (Summer 2013, 2014) and Plant Engineering/Plant and Building Planning Intern (Summer 2012).  In 2013-14 Academic Year Lauren served as CBU ASCE Student Chapter President and served as Conference Chair for the 2014 ASCE Deep South Conference. The ASCE Tennessee Section named her as ASCE Student Member of the Year in 2014 for her leadership.  Lauren was selected as one of the 2014-15 Lasallian Fellows.  At CBU she was Golf Team Captain, President’s Ambassadors, Honors Program Member, Historian and Ambassador for Society of Women Engineer, and Graduate Engineering Intern.  Lauren was also named 2015 Featured Civil Engineering Student and 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Graduate.

Johnnathon Kring (ITS) has earned the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional certification, showcasing his knowledge of IP networking.

The following CBU students who have been listed as new ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians in the June 2015 issue of ista viewsAlana Byrd (Chemical Engineering), Joseph Ferris (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Antoine Herve (ECAM Exchange Student), Sebastian Polania (Mechanical Engineering), Yuliana Luna (Civil Engineering), and Anne Youngblood (Mechanical Engineering). The newsletter can be viewed at ista.idigitaledition.com/issues/29.  Click here for a complete list of CBU students, faculty, and staff, who have received ISTA certification.

Phillip Loewenberg (Mechanical Engineering ’15) passed the FE exam and has become an Engineer Intern. While at CBU, Phillip co-oped with MLGW Power and Reliability and Gas Engineering Groups. He also interned with UTHSC, where he worked on a mice neuronal pathways research project. Phillip won First Place in the 2015 ASME Technical Poster Competition. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi.

Dr. Pong Malasri
(Dean of Engineering) gave a one-day packaging seminar at the Thai Packaging Centre, National Research Council of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, on June 2.  About 50 people from 25 companies attended the workshop. More pictures of the event can be viewed at the CBU Packaging Facebook page.

Mike Nienaber (Athletics/Men’s Basketball) was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame in May. Nienaber has coached two All-Americans at CBU, both from Cincinnati. He has coached 10 All-South Region players at CBU, seven of whom hailed from Cincinnati, and 20 All-GSC players at CBU, 13 of whom are from Cincinnati. Nienaber has coached seven GSC Freshmen of the Year, four of whom come from Greater Cincinnati. In all, 40 players from Greater Cincinnati have played for Nienaber, all of whom graduated from college, including 38 that graduated under Nienaber at Bethel or CBU.

An article entitled “Effect of Temperature on Drinking Water Bottles” was published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, Volume 3, Number 1, pp 147-157, May 18, 2015.  Authors include Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering), Robert Moats (Engineering Lab Technician), Antoine Herve (Exchange Student from ECAM, France), Joseph Ferris (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), and Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering). This is part of an on-going R&D project sponsored by Walmart.

The Gulf South Conference named three CBU athletes to the FireSeeds Spring Academic All-GSC Teams, and 40 earned spots on the GSC Spring Academic Honor Roll. Two CBU baseball players earned spots on the Academic All-GSC Baseball Team. Pitcher Taylor Seaman (Business Administration ’15) graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA while he threw 42 innings as one of the Bucs’ weekend starters this season. First baseman Casey Goodwin (Business Administration ’17) carried a 3.76 GPA and started 28 games at first base, finishing second on the team with a .385 on-base percentage and recording a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage for the second consecutive season. Golfer Andrew Aristorenas (Biomedical Science ’15) represents the Bucs on the Academic All-GSC Golf team. He graduated with a 3.94 GPA and played in nine tournaments for the Bucs this season, capped by a 14th-place finish in The Buccaneer in October. The baseball team placed a school-best 15 players on the academic Honor Roll, followed by 11 softball players, five men’s tennis players, three women’s tennis players, three men’s golfers and three women’s golfers.

News at CBU

CBU President Dr. John Smarrelli (above right) toured the Crosstown Concourse construction in May with Ann Langston of the Church Health Center and Gary Shorb of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, two other future tenants of the former Sears Crosstown building. CBU plans to create a Health Sciences Simulation Lab in the building, which will will further enhance CBU’s Health Science offerings and will better prepare students for careers in these growing disciplines. The Simulation Lab is among the programs supported by CBU’s Faith in Progress capital campaign. 

25_bestCBU has been selected by Masters in Accounting Degrees as #8 on its 2015 list of “25 Great Small Colleges for Master’s in Accounting.” The list highlights 25 great small colleges for students looking to continue their education with a master’s in accounting. The overall sample was pulled from College Navigator by selecting schools with an undergraduate student enrollment of less than 2,200 students and an acceptance rate under 70%. From that list, the final list of 25 schools was developed by looking at crime rate, number of degrees awarded, and student-faculty ratio.

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has become a member of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium since May of 2015.  The focus of the consortium aligns with its mission.  In addition, Evergreen Packaging has rejoined the consortium in June of 2015.  It was one of the seven member companies when the consortium was established in 2010.  It was a member for the first two years but left due to some changes in the company. Dr. Geoffrey Nobes, Polymer Scientist/Technology Manager, serves as its representative on the Healthcare Packaging Consortium.  With these two new members, the consortium now has 13 active member companies: Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Medtronic, Bayer Consumer Care, Memphis Bioworks, MicroPort Orthopedics, Olympus Surgical Technologies America, Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, The Pallet Factory, The Royal Group, Wright Medical, and WS Packaging.  For more information about the consortium, please visit cbu.edu/healthcare-packaging-consortium.

Welcome to CBU! Three undergraduate students from Department of Packaging Technology and Materials, Kasetsart University, Thailand, came to CBU to intern with CBU ISTA certified packaging lab in June and July. They are being prepared for ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician Exam.  They are also working on a research project on insulation property of some industrial and agricultural waste materials, which may lead to new environmental-friendly insulated containers in the future. In the photo above are (l-r) The Research Project Team of Possawat Poonpurmsiri, Stephen Russell (Chemical Engineering), Poomtawan Tiapradit, Chonnavee Tarkarnviroj, and Bob Moats (Engineering Lab Technician). Members of the team not shown in the picture are Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering).

CBU in the Media

A sampling of recent media coverage of Christian Brothers University:
Leader of Christian Brothers around the world travels to Memphis for graduation,” The Commercial Appeal. May 16, 2015
Brother Terence McLaughlin: Still Finding Joy After 75 Years,” Memphis Daily News. May 18, 2015
Author Dave Eggers to be featured guest for 2015 Memphis Reads book club,” The Commercial Appeal. May 19, 2015
Christian Brothers Students Help Secure Tax Refunds,” Memphis Daily News. May 28, 2015
CBU’s oldest building given new, artistic life amid campus progress,” Memphis Business Journal. June 15, 2015
CBU races to salvage keepsakes from oldest building on campus,” The Commercial Appeal. June 18, 2015
CBU launches ambitious $70 million campaign,” The Commercial Appeal. June 23, 2015
CBU’s ‘New Vision’,” Memphis Daily News. June 24, 2015
CBU launches $70 million ‘Faith in Progress’ capital campaign,” Memphis Business Journal. June 24, 2015.