Support CBU’s Running LVs!

lvs_run_logo_eLasallian Volunteers, alums, and supporters of the LV program are running in New York City on October 31, and it’s up to you to take the next step and support them — including CBU’s own Antwa’nae Briars (Psychology ’14), Matthew Billings (Civil Engineering ’15), Andrea Guyton (Psychology ’13), and Julia Kueter (History ’14), and Elizabeth DiPlacido, an LV from La Salle University who’s currently serving at De La Salle Elementary in Memphis!

In 2005, Lasallian Volunteer Adriana Rodriguez ran the New York City Marathon and a tradition began. Over the past ten years, countless numbers of Lasallian Volunteers have participated in LVs Run and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support their experience as LVs and the ministries they serve.

Interested in helping? All donations will help sponsor LV program such as scholarships, transportation, and anything else that would seem much harder to raise without the support of our Lasallian family! ANY donation amount is a special gift towards the LV Program and would be greatly appreciated!

Your support continues to have lasting impact on the lives of the Lasallian Volunteers and their ministries as they work to break the cycle of poverty through education. Click here to donate to the efforts of Antwa’nae, Matthew, Andrea, Julia, and Elizabeth!

Upcoming Events

The Theatre Department will be holding auditions for the fall play, A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, on September 8 at 7:00 p.m., September 9 at 4:00 p.m., and September 10 at 2:00 p.m. Auditions will be held in the theater. We will be doing cold readings from various scripts. Please bring schedule conflicts. About the play: Greg, a man on the verge of a mid-life crisis, falls in love with a stray dog (played by a woman) and brings her home. Greg’s wife doesn’t want the dog and will have nothing to do with it; but he has fallen head over heels for his new canine friend, Sylvia, and she becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. You’ll be laughing out loud while getting the straight “poop from the pooch” in this hilarious and touching comedy by A.R. Gurney. Roles available are:

  • SYLVIA (F) — The dog. Cute, sexy, spunky, sarcastic, full of youthful exuberance. A physical role – requires crouching, crawling, jumping, etc. Robin Williams type character.
  • TOM (M) — Dog lover, a good natured guy who is a little too proud of Bowser, full of confidence.
  • LESLIE (M or F) — a marriage counselor-Role will be played in drag.  Former MR CBU contestants are welcome to audition.
  • PHYLLIS (F) — Upper west side, socialite from New York, drinks a little too much, best friend to Kate.

The roles of Greg and Kate have already been cast. For more information contact Professor Matthew Hamner at

trivia_tvALUMNI TRIVIA WITH BROTHER IGGY: Join CBUnited Alumni Association on Friday, September 11 in  Alfonso Dining Hall for Trivia Night with CBU’s own trivia-master, Brother Ignatius BrownDoors at 6:30 p.m. First question at 7:00 p.m. Register your team of six for $15 per person — only $5 per person for current CBU students! Community tables will be available for individuals and walk-ins. Prizes will be awarded to all members of the first and second place teams. For more information and to register, visit

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: More details to come on these upcoming events!
Alumni & Family Weekend: October 1-4
Memphis Reads with Dave Eggers: November 6
Bell Tower Gala: November 14

Distinguished Alumni Announced for 2015

CBU will honor Steve Dunavant as its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus and Brother Dylan Perry as the Distinguished Young Alumnus at its 4th Annual Bell Tower Gala on November 14.

Steve Dunavant (’83) has more than 30 years of public accounting experience, and currently serves as a managing director for the Memphis office of CBIZ MHM, LLC. Steve was one of the founding members of its predecessor firm, Thompson Dunavant PLC. He graduated from CBU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting. He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Tennessee in 1985. In 1997, he received a Certificate of Education Achievement from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Tax Planning & Advising for Closely Held Businesses. Dunavant currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University (as Vice Chairman) and the Americana Music Society. He is a past Chairman of the Board for the Visible Music College and a former board member of Triumph Bank.

Brother Dylan Perry (’10) is the associate director of the Lasallian Volunteers for the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He has served in this role since 2013 and is responsible for the well-being and formation of nearly 50 LVs each year who serve in Catholic schools and social service institutions around the country. He earned his bachelor’s degree at CBU in Religion and Philosophy with minors in Peace Studies and Global Studies. While at CBU he served as a Senator for Student Government, helped start the Community Garden on campus, and interned with GrowMemphis at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. After graduation from CBU, he served as a Lasallian Vounteer for a year at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia. Perry was accepted into postulancy as a Christian Brother in July of this year.

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Happy 100!

Jim McWillie (Archives), pictured at far right, celebrated his 100th birthday with a mass and reception at Christian Brothers High School on June 30 — and with the Christian Brothers over a birthday dinner. Pictured above with Mr. McWillie are (l-r) Brother Ignatius Brown, Brother Joel McGraw, Brother Robert Werle, Brother Chris Englert, Brother Dominic Ehrementraut, Brother Terence McLaughlin, and President John Smarrelli. Mr. McWillie, an Affiliated Member of the Christian Brothers, has been a volunteer in the CBU Archives for the past 25 years, following his retirement from the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

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.