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

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).