This Week at CBU

For a complete and up-to-date calendar of events, visit www.cbu.edu/cbu-events.

NAACP MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: The CBU chapter of the NAACP is holding a membership drive all this week in Alfonso Dining Hall, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dues are $15 for students under 21 and $30 for individuals over 21. For more information, email naacp@cbu.edu.

Mardi_Gras_mask_cateyes_iconPRE-ASH BASH: Can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year? Join Campus Ministry and the Peer Ministers to celebrate Fat Tuesday CBU style! There will be a Pre-Ash Bash on Tuesday, February 17 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Living Learning Center, complete with jazz music, king cake, mask decorating, and a whole lot more! Come celebrate with your fellow students and kick this year’s Lent off right!

ASH WEDNESDAY: Distribution of Ashes will take place throughout the day at various locations on campus:
7:30-8:15 a.m. in Cooper-Wilson Center Foyer
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge
Mass at 5:00 p.m. in De La Salle/Stritch Chapel
5:00-5:45 p.m. in Buckman Hall Foyer

NSBE DONUT SALE: The CBU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers will be selling donuts, muffins, and orange juice in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center and outside of the Computer Center on Thursday, February 19, 7:00-9:30 a.m. They will also be handing out fun facts about minority scientists and engineers who have contributed to American society over the years. Funds from sales will benefit the Memphis NSBE Jr. chapter, which consists of children who are mentored by the NSBE and encouraged to pursue STEM career paths.

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK: As part of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ “Munch and Learn” brown-bag lecture series, Dr. Neil Palmer (History & Political Science) will examine the connections between British society and the innovative rock music it spawned from the 1950s to the 1990s. Dr. Palmer will discuss the historical context surrounding the creation of music by bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead. Wednesday, February 18 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, noon to 1:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.

jaws-pinkpalaceYOUNG PROFESSIONALS “JAWS” EVENT: The Pink Palace Museum is pleased to offer the first Young Professionals event – Beer/Wine & A Movie on Thursday, February 19. You’ll see JAWS like never before, in the CTI Giant Screen Theater at the Pink Palace! Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and popcorn. The cost is $10pp. Must be 21 and older. Reception begins at 5:30; movie begins at 6:30. There will be no late seating. Reservations are limited. Buy your tickets now!

elaineblanchard-6THE POWER OF STORYTELLING: Elaine Blanchard will discuss “The Power of Storytelling” on Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Assisi Hall 155. Elaine Blanchard is Elaine is a storyteller, writer, and actor. She also is an adjunct professor at Memphis Theological Seminary and facilitates ongoing classes as part of her Prison Stories project at Shelby County’s jail for women. Sponsored by Alpha Chi. For further information contact Dr Malinda Fitzgerald at malinda@cbu.edu.

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MAINTAINING YOUR GARDEN: 
Come out to the third For the LOVE of Gardening Workshop series Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Buckman Hall 358. Art Johnson will be teaching participants how to maintain their gardens. This workshop is FREE to CBU students, $10 for other students, and $20 general admission. 
Memphis native Art Johnson started gardening in 2010 when he stumbled upon an employment opportunity. He is the Garden Coordinator at the TIGURS Urban Garden at the University of Memphis. He loves the solitude of the garden and how he can share it with other people. He also loves the “yummy organic food right off the plant” and “working amid the lush greenery on a perfect spring or summer day.” He says students should come to his workshop to share their gardening experiences and notes and grow better gardens and communities, he says, “isn’t that what ‘community’ is all about?” Register to attend this workshop at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1149318

“PINK GOES RED” BASKETBALL GAME: The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. invite the CBU community to the Pink Goes Red Basketball Game on Thursday, February 19 starting at 7:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. AKA requests that everyone wear red in honor of Heart Disease Month. Mu Epsilon will be handing out healthy snacks and giving out information on heart disease.

THE LION KING AT THE ORPHEUM: Join Student Life on Sunday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. and experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage, The Lion King. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges in the mist. SOLD OUT! (But check www.cbu.edu/memphis-community-programs to see if any tickets become available.)

Upcoming February Events

COFFEE & CONVERSATION WITH SONNY DAVIS: Join the CBU chapter of the NAACP to share in conversation with civil rights activist Dr. Elvernice “Sonny” Davis on February 24 at 12:15 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Davis serves as interim executive director for the United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, and spent 30 years as an active duty chaplain in the United States Army. You don’t have to be an NAACP member to attend and you’re welcome to bring a friend! For more information, visit www.naacpatcbu.com or contact naacp@cbu.edu.

FORUM ON ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: The CBU community is invited to attend a forum on “The Basics of Alzheimer’s” on Tuesday, February 24, 1:00–1:50  p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The guest speaker will be Ms. Miriam Clay, Manager of Programs and Education for the Mid-South Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, whose presentation will cover some of the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and where we currently stand with Alzheimer’s research, as well as available programs and services that are available to the West Tennessee community. Also featured will be the following panelists: Hannah Addison (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering), Ms. Kay Cunningham (Plough Library), and Brother Terence McLaughlin (Lambert Hall Community). If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sadie Lisenby, CBU Counseling Center at (901) 321-3527 or slisenby@cbu.edu.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION WITH JESSE TURNER: The CBU chapter of the NAACP will host Jesse Turner, chairman of Tri-State Bank and the first African-American student to integrate CBHS (and any Memphis high school) on Thursday, February 26 in Assisi Hall 151 at 12:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.naacpatcbu.com or contact naacp@cbu.edu.

SUSTAINING YOUR GARDEN: This workshop is the final part of the For the Love of Gardening Series to benefit GrowMemphis gardens, and is hosted by Adam Guerrero and Jovantae Thomas, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts. This last installment of For the Love of Gardening Workshop will be held on Thursday, February 26 in Buckman Hall 358 at 6:00 p.m. and will include ways to ensure that your garden can continue on with little to no cost. By saving seeds from successful plants this year you can start next years garden for free. This workshop will teach the best way to save any seed from your garden and grow a healthy plant from it the next year.  Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). To register, go to www.fortheloveofgardening.brownpapertickets.com.


FOOD PATRIOTS:
The Department of Religion & Philosophy and the Memphis Center for Food and Faith will present a screening of the film Food Patriots on Thursday, February 26, in conjunction with the For the Love of Gardening Workshop Series and in partnership with GrowMemphis. Food Patriots begins with a wake up call: filmmakers Jeff Spitz and Jennifer Amdur Spitz’s son got sick eating chicken contaminated with a superbug, and antibiotics failed. The film chronicles the family’s newfound interest in food sources, getting outlaw chickens, and meeting people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat food, buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers. They call the people who are doing this Food Patriots. The film will screen at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.

“BLUE OUT” BASKETBALL GAMES: Alpha Xi Delta will be hosting their annual ‘Blue Out’ basketball game on Thursday, February 26 to raise awareness for their national philanthropy Autism Speaks. Canale Arena will be decked out all in blue, the players will be provided blue shoes laces, and the entire school is highly encouraged to wear blue to the game! ‘Blue’ treats and Autism Speaks gear will be on sale, with the the profits benefiting Autism Speaks. There will also be drawings for really cool prizes! It will be a very fun night and a great way to support Autism Speaks and our CBU Bucs! Lady Bucs vs. Union University at 5:00 p.m., and Bucs vs. Union University at 7:00 p.m.

THEATRE—365 DAYS/365 PLAYS: CBU Theatre will present its spring play, 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, on Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 in the University Theater, 7;30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $2.00 general admission. “This collection of 365 impeccably crafted pieces, each with its own distinctive characters and dramatic power, is a complete work by an artist responding to her world, each and every day. Parks is one of the American theater’s most wily and innovative writers, and her stark but poetic language and fiercely idiosyncratic images transform her work into something haunting and marvelous” — TIME magazine

CasinoNight15CASINO NIGHT: Student Life is teaming up with TKE to host the 2nd Annual Casino Night event to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitalon Friday, February 27 in Alfonso Dining Hall at 8:00 p.m. All money raised will be donated to St. Jude! Free Snacks provided to all players! Prizes will be raffled off to winning players!

This Week at CBU

DINNER & CONVERSATION WITH THE BROTHERS: The Living Learning Communities invite any and all CBU students to join them for a free dinner and good conversation with CBU’s Christian Brothers at Lambert Hall on Wednesday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m. about the theme of “Balancing Life’s Priorities.” Several Brothers will share their wisdom and life experiences about how they balance their work, faith, community engagement, family and friends, and self. A social gathering and dinner will follow in the Brothers’ dining hall. Meet at 5:00 p.m. at the Brothers’ Community Lounge in Lambert Hall. There are a limited number of spots, so please RSVP to Dr. Ben Jordan at  bjordan1@cbu.edu.

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS MEETING: The National Society of Black Engineers will hold open meetings every Wednesday in Nolan 241 at 6:00 p.m. to reach out the student body. Membership is open to STUDENTS OF ANY RACE OR ANY STEM MAJOR. Come out and find out how our networking, community outreach, and record-size career fairs can benefit you for life.

YOGA LESSONS: Come practice yoga with Meredith Melvin, Wednesday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge with CBU Sustainability and Psi Chi. Bring your own mat! If you do not have your own mat, a bath towel will work just fine.

ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS: During January and February, four workshop sessions will be offered to help students toward a more successful college experience in areas of basic study skills techniques, helpful resources, self-assessment, self-motivation, etc. The final session will be held at 1:00-1:50 p.m. on February 12 in the LLC Classroom (Room 104) and will be facilitated by Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling. The sessions are designed for students who have the desire and commitment to become a more successful student.

WHAT IS NAACP?: Come and get your questions answered about the organization! Thursday, February 12 at noon; location TBA. More info at naacp@cbu.edu.

SOIL BUILDING & COMPOSTING: This workshop is part of the For the Love of Gardening Series to benefit GrowMemphis gardens, and is hosted by Dallas Holland and Adam Guerrero, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts, and will be held in Buckman Hall 358 on Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. GrowMemphis’s first For the Love of Gardening Workshop was a success! Kenny Latta and Marie Dennan taught us how to start our gardens. Dallas Holland received her bachelor’s degree in biology and earth science with a focus in plant ecology from the University of North Alabama. She began working for her aunt’s interior plant scaping business in 1999 and studied wetland ecology and other plant ecosystems at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. Dallas also studied wetland ecology at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Mobile Bay. She also managed the Japanese Garden and Urban Orchard at Memphis Botanic Gardens and currently creates sustainable, native landscapes. Dallas says Adam Guerrero and her workshop, “will teach you how to use local resources to build nutrient-rich soil that will sustain a garden that helps produce plants that are disease tolerant, rich in flavor, and chemical-free.” Adam Guerrero received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Memphis. He was born in Du Quoin Illinois, but lived in Hawaii, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and New York before moving to Memphis Tennessee. He has been gardening since he was a child. He is now a teacher and involved his community. Adam says, “I love how transformative working in nature can be, not only do you get to witness a process in many varied stages, but you can witness how it can change a person’s perspective on life.” Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). To register, go to www.fortheloveofgardening.brownpapertickets.com.


BSA AND STUDENT LIFE MOVIE NIGHT: As part of Black History Month at CBU, the Black Student Association and Student Life will present a free screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Thursday, February 12 in Spain Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. A 2013 film starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, Long Walk to Freedom is a chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

OPEN MIC NIGHT: As part of Black History Month at CBU, an Open Mic Night themed “Ebony Expressions of Love” will be held in Sabbatini Lounge on Friday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come dazzle the audience with expressions of love through poems, singing, etc.

INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL THIS WEEK
• TKE Freshmen vs. Faculty/Staff, Monday at 7:00 p.m.
• GMO vs. Redeem Team, Monday at 8:00 p.m.
• TKE 1 vs. SAE, Monday at 9:00 p.m.
• Honors vs. Soccer Globetrotters, Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
• TKE Freshmen vs. ASCE, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
• Engineers V vs. TKE 2, Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.

News at CBU

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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.

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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.

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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.

Service Opportunities

500K BOOK GIVEAWAY
Literacy Mid-South
 is looking for volunteers to help sort books for the 500K Book Giveaway. It’s the largest book distribution in the history of Shelby County! In March, Literacy Mid-South is teaming up with First Book to bring 500,000 books to Memphis to be distributed to schools, churches, nonprofits, and teachers. Volunteers will help with various tasks including organizing boxed inventory (books), affixing shipping labels to boxes, and preparing orders for group book pick-ups. Volunteers must be able to stand for the duration of their shift, as well as lift up to 30 pounds. Volunteers must be 18 and up. Volunteer opportunities are available to individuals and groups on Monday, March 9-Friday, March 13.  Register to volunteer here! 

BRIDGE BUILDERS SUMMER CONFERENCES
BRIDGES is looking for passionate and energetic individuals to serve as AmeriCorps Members and staff at Bridge Builders Summer Leadership Conferences! BRIDGES unites and inspires diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. This summer, 1,100 students in grades 7-12 will develop their leadership skills and connect with youth from across the Mid-South through the Bridge Builders Leadership Conferences. Applications are being accepted through Friday, February 27 for the following positions:

7th-10th Grade Leadership Conferences
• Conference Facilitator
• Logistics and Coordination Team
11th-12th Grade Leadership Conferences
• Conference Facilitator
• Logistics and Coordination Team
• Resident Adviser

Apply at www.bridgesusa.org/summerpositions. These are PAID positions!

NOTE: Candidates who do not meet the AmeriCorps requirements are eligible to apply and will be considered for non-AmeriCorps positions. 

Thanks from Cheer for the Kids

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A huge thank you to all of the CBU students that helped out with Cheer for the Kids this year. Over 50 CBU students volunteered their time at Saturday’s 8th annual event to help raise enough money for Make-A-Wish of the Mid-South to grant approximately five wishes. A special thank you to CBU student Mauricio Ramirez (Psychology) for all of his involvement over the past year in helping plan the 2015 event.

Cheer for the Kids is a grassroots non-profit organization founded by Professor Chanda S. Murphy (Behavioral Sciences) and fellow Memphian Ashley Bradford to help raise awareness and money for local child-focused philanthropy organizations. For more information or to get involved with Cheer for the Kids please visit www.facebook.com/CheerForTheKids.

Lasallian Collegians: February’s Core Principles

Thanks to all who came out to the “Cookies, Cocoa, and Collars” event last week! Everyone had a great time (and we’re pretty sure Brother Robert really enjoyed his cake)!

This month, the Lasallian Collegians are going to talk about two principles that go hand in hand: Respect for All Persons and Concern for the Poor and Social Justice.

Let’s think about Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. Service is everywhere at CBU. All of the organizations have a special cause that is near to their heart, and the entire campus comes out to help for September of Service. Did you know that this spirit of serving can be traced to way back in the day… like almost 400 years ago?

De La Salle’s concern was for the poor, the neglected, and the overlooked. Although he came from a wealthy family and was set for the rest of his life, he gave all of his money away to help the poor. He also gave up his comfort to teach and lead the De La Salle Christian Brothers.  As we go about our day today, let’s reflect on De La Salle’s sacrifice and how we can share his serving spirit with others. Have a nifty day!

 

Upcoming Events

WHAT IS NAACP?: Come and get your questions answered about the organization! Thursday, February 12 at noon; location TBA. More info at naacp@cbu.edu.

SOIL BUILDING & COMPOSTING: This workshop is part of the For the Love of Gardening Series to benefit GrowMemphis gardens, and is hosted by Dallas Holland and Adam Guerrero, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts. The most crucial part of maintaining a successful garden is healthy soil. Building your own soil is the most economical and environmentally favorable choice when gardening. Learn how to turn scraps and waste into viable nutritious soil through composting and other related methods. Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). To register, go to www.fortheloveofgardening.brownpapertickets.com.

LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL:  Everyone is invited to join the NAACP at the Legislative Day on the Hill in Nashville on Tuesday, February 17. Email naacp@cbu.edu to express interest!

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK: As part of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ “Munch and Learn” brown-bag lecture series, Dr. Neil Palmer (History & Political Science) will examine the connections between British society and the innovative rock music it spawned from the 1950s to the 1990s. Dr. Palmer will discuss the historical context surrounding the creation of music by bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead. Wednesday, February 18 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, noon to 1:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.

MAINTAINING YOUR GARDEN: This workshop is part of the For the Love of Gardening Series to benefit GrowMemphis gardens, and is hosted by Art Johnson, Garden Coordinator at TIGUrS Urban Garden. So your garden is planted. There are veggies growing all around. But you suddenly notice a bite taken out of a tomato, a cucumber plant is wilting, and weeds are taking over! No fear! We have solutions for your gardening problems. Come to this workshop to learn the best ways to maintain a healthy garden as well as stop pests, disease, weeds, and other scary garden problems before they even start. Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). To register, go to www.fortheloveofgardening.brownpapertickets.com.

BARTLETT ART ASSOCIATION EXHIBITION OPENING: An opening reception for an art exhibition by members of the Bartlett Art Association will be held on Friday, February 20 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library), 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through March 26.

SUSTAINING YOUR GARDEN: This workshop is part of the For the Love of Gardening Series to benefit GrowMemphis gardens, and is hosted by Adam Guerrero and Jovantae Thomas, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts. This last installment of For the Love of Gardening Workshop will include ways to ensure that your garden can continue on with little to no cost. By saving seeds from successful plants this year you can start next years garden for free. This workshop will teach the best way to save any seed from your garden and grow a healthy plant from it the next year.  Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). To register, go to www.fortheloveofgardening.brownpapertickets.com.

“BLUE OUT” BASKETBALL GAMES: Alpha Xi Delta will be hosting their annual ‘Blue Out’ basketball game on Thursday, February 26 to raise awareness for their national philanthropy Autism Speaks. Canale Arena will be decked out all in blue, the players will be provided blue shoes laces, and the entire school is highly encouraged to wear blue to the game! ‘Blue’ treats and Autism Speaks gear will be on sale, with the the profits benefiting Autism Speaks. There will also be drawings for really cool prizes! It will be a very fun night and a great way to support Autism Speaks and our CBU Bucs! Lady Bucs vs. Union University at 5:00 p.m., and Bucs vs. Union University at 7:00 p.m.

ayresFOOD & FAITH LECTURE: Dr. Jennifer Ayres will speak on “Come to the Table: Faith and Our Food System” in the University Theater on March 26 at 7:00 p.m. The table around which Christians regularly gather—the Lord’s table—stands as a witness to God’s abundance, God’s presence in the material gifts of the earth, and God’s delight in the nourishment and enlivening of earthly bodies. Each time we share the bread and cup, we testify to God’s presence in the simple acts of eating and drinking together. What does this action mean, however, in the midst of a food system faced with such serious challenges as food insecurity, obstructed access to healthy and affordable food, community instability, environmental degradation, and the disenfranchisement of people? Jennifer Ayres’ research interests include religious environmental education; social activism and religious identity; faith formation in the context of popular culture; and feminist practical theology. She is the author of two books, Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness and Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology. Dr. Ayres is is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program at Emory University. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy and the Memphis Center for Food and Faith

 

Thanks from the Angels

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The Community of St. Therese of Lisieux was completely amazed at the outpouring of support from the CBU Community during the holidays. Campus Ministry is grateful and proud to say that every Angel from the CBU Angel Tree was taken, and every area from our CBU family contributed — students, staff, faculty, clubs, sororities, fraternities, athletes — what a demonstration of Lasallian spirit!

The thank-you cards coming in from the residents of St. Therese have been so heartfelt; here are just a few snippets:

  • “I can’t express how grateful I am you came to our place, took a list of wishes and made it a real Christmas for me.”
  • “I never had anything so nice happen in my life.”
  • “Thank You! For caring about me and please come back soon.”
  • “THANK YOU for making my Christmas amazing!! Bless you”
  • “Thank you for making us feel we are a part of the community and you care about us.”
  • “I have never had things so warm and a clock and book, everything so special.  Thank you for caring.”

Campus Ministry thanks everyone at CBU for sharing our mission!

Celebrating MLK Day with Honors

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The CBU Honors Program celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 19 with a visit to the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum. Pictured in the iconic I AM A MAN Sanitation Strike exhibit are students Sara Swisher, Taylor Flake,  Brenda Hurlbut, Rachel Black, and James Haggard. Other participants were Tiffany Corkran, Saehymn Oh, Sydney Kermeen, Kierra Turner, Caitlin Revers, Richard Townley, Sam Tope-Ojo, and Dr. Tracie Burke. Attendees each took a canned good to contribute to the Museum’s food drive, and while they were visiting who did they see volunteering on her day off from work, but 2014-15 CBU Lasallian Fellow Mallory Harvey!

 

For the Love of Gardening

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The Rose Deal School of Arts is cosponsoring a series of gardening workshops during February to benefit GrowMemphis gardens. Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). All workshops will be held at CBU, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

  • February 5: Vegetable Gardening Basics (Hosted by Marie Dennan and Kenny Latta, TIGUrS Garden Volunteers, Community Gardeners
  • February 12: Soil Building & Composting (Hosted by Dallas Holland and Adam Guerrero, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts)
  • February 19: Maintaining Your Garden (Hosted by Art Johnson, Garden Coordinator at TIGUrS Urban Garden)
  • February 26: Sustaining Your Garden (Hosted by Adam Guerrero and Jovantae Thomas, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts)

To register, go to www.fortheloveofgardening.brownpapertickets.com.  Questions? Call (901) 552-4298.

SaveFirst Tax Preparation Initiative

CBU is partnering with Impact Tennessee, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis to  provide free tax preparation services for low-income working families in conjunction with SaveFirst and the Binghampton Development Corporation. SaveFirst trains college, graduate, and law students to provide free services and opportunities for savings to low-income, working families — especially targeting those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. CBU is also sponsoring a poverty course that will incorporate SaveFirst in 2015. Tax preparation services will start Thursday, January 22, and continue through April. Student tax professionals will be at the Binghampton Development Corporation (280 Tillman Street) Wednesdays through Saturdays.

CBU Angel Tree

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The Physician Assistant Program
made the first donations to CBU’s Angel Tree for the Community of St. Therese of Lisieux, a two-year residential support program for women who have survived abuse, trafficking, homelessness and addiction. Pictured above are PA students Tara Wander, Natalie Ibrahim, and Gina Sabbatini.

This year’s gift recipients include five women (ages 20, 61, 47, 35, and 17) and three children (ages 7 months, 2½, and 5). Please contact Margretta Dobbs in Campus Ministry for gift suggestions and clothing sizes — mdobbs1@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3509.
Sponsored by SGA and Campus Ministry
Please tape your Angel to wrapped package and drop off at Campus Ministry Offices by December 15.
Thank you and God Bless!

Ringing the Bells

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President John Smarrelli joined Elise Preston from WREG News Channel 3 ringing bells for the Salvation Army at Kroger on Mendenhall last Friday. CBU was also responsible for two days of the Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign at the Kroger on Union. CBU would like to thank the members of the CBU community who came to represent the university: Ronald Fotso, Matt Billings, Daniel Gully, Nick Cotros, Sean Rowland, Sam Tope-Ojo, Jazzmyn Davenport, Alton Wade, Patrick Held, Brother Tom Sullivan, Brody Lax, Mikayla Ortner, Katherine Knickerbocker, Michael Stuart, Lauren Harrett, and Wilson Phillips. CBU received many compliments and well wishes from the community for our service.
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(photos courtesy of @CBUPresident and @CBU_WPhillips)

 

News at CBU

CBU SCENES FROM THE ST. JUDE MARATHON & HALF MARATHON
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(top) CBU student 
finishers Matt Brint (Psychology ’16) and JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15); (bottom) alumni finishers Joe Birch (’78) and Gabby Salinas (’11). Dr. Frank Buscher (VP for Academic Affairs and Student Life) also completed the St. Jude Memphis Half-Marathon in 1:28:12. Mandi Balduf (Softball) participated and fundraised in the St. Jude 5k, finishing in 30:29. CBU’s Pi-Epsilon Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon volunteered at a water station at the 19-mile marker. (Photos courtesy of John Dawson johndawsonsucks, Matt Brint therealslimmatty, and Malinda Fitzgerald @MhirtDrFitz)

——————————————————————BGC1214BLACK GIRLS CODE: The CBU School of Engineering hosted the Black Girls CODE Memphis Chapter “Build a Game in a Day” workshop for girls ages 7-17 on December 6. This workshop focused on game development using Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/), a programming project spearheaded by the MIT Media Lab. Taught by Scratch expert Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering), the workshop was geared towards introducing participants to animation, gaming, and creating interactive stories. (Photo courtesy of Meka Egwuekwe @Mekaeg)


CBU Angel Tree

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Angel Tree for the Community of St. Therese of Lisieux
A two-year residential support program for women who have survived abuse, trafficking, homelessness and addiction.

This year’s gift recipients include five women (ages 20, 61, 47, 35, and 17) and three children (ages 7 months, 2½, and 5). Please contact Margretta Dobbs in Campus Ministry for gift suggestions and clothing sizes — mdobbs1@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3509.
Sponsored by SGA and Campus Ministry
Please tape your Angel to wrapped package and drop off at Campus Ministry Offices by December 15.
Thank you and God Bless!

Lasallian Collegians Update

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Last week, the some of the Lasallian Collegians helped with CBU’s Food Recovery Network, which takes leftover food from the cafeteria and delivers it to locations that distribute food to people in need. Together, we harvested 67 pounds of food and delivered it to Memphis Union Mission. Check out the picture of everyone in their cool hairnets!

Many people have heard of St. John Baptist de La Salle, but might not know more than just his name. John Baptist de La Salle was a priest in 18th Century France. He noticed the number of children that were not getting an education and decided to do something about it. He formed a group of laymen whose goal was to educate: not just the wealthy; but everyone. He renounced his position of Canon and gave up his wealth to form the community of Brothers that we know today as the De La Salle Christian Brothers. The Brothers you see on campus take vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in order to be a part of this community and to teach. Did you read that? They give up most EVERYTHING to provide an education to students like us. Wowzers.

Remember, Friday, November 14 will be the showing of When the Game Stands Tall, in the University Theater, 6:00-9:00 p.m. See This Week at CBU above — This is a super nifty movie. The Lasallian Collegians hope to see you there!

News at CBU

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MISSION TRIP TO HAIITI: The CBU Nursing Program headed back to Haiti on November 1 for their Fall Mission Trip. Nursing students and faculty from the program go to Haiti twice a year with the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership to serve at St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children in downtown Port-au- Prince. The CBU nurses see the children in clinic and also take food, medicines, and school supplies. Pictured above are (l-r, standing) Tiffany Gardner, Heather Ayers, Dr. Marie Bredy, Stephanie Baggett, Heather Leland, Laura Scott, Dr. Sue Trzynka, and (seated) Denise Watkins and Suzanne Wilson.

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STEMM KICK-OFF:
CBU and Christian Brothers High School kicked off a new program with a workshop at CBU on October 31. The new program, in conjunction with the CBU-CBHS collaborative STEMM Co-LaB, is  a teacher-training program on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) education theory and practice and its applicability across all disciplines of instruction. Dr. Angela MoranProfessor of Mechanical Engineering & STEM Program Director, United States Naval Academy (pictured above), was the keynote speaker for the workshop. CBU’s Education Department is offering a graduate certificate program in STEMM Education, which includes the study of STEMM teaching principles, project-based learning methods, collaborative learning and assessment, and a focus on integration of mathematics and computer programming skills. Click here for more info »»

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FOOD DRIVE: Campus Ministry
and the Black Student Association conducted a campus food drive (“Trick or Treat for Others to Eat!”) to benefit the Exchange Club of Memphis October 14-31. Participating teams included ZTA, Alpha Xi Delta, NPHC, BSA/NAACP/Divine Voices Gospel Choir, Freshman Experience, Campus Ministry, and Dr. Mary Kelly James’ Human Sexuality class. Together the teams collected 237 items of food. The combined team of BSA/Divine Voices/NAACP were the winning team, bringing in a total of 110 cans.

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TRANSPORT PACKAGING WORKSHOP: The CBU Certified Packaging Lab hosted a Transport Packaging Workshop for 14 area high school students on October 28. They learned how a paper-based box was designed and cut, how compression box strength was determined, how the Edge Crush Test and pre-shipment tests were performed.  More pictures of the event can be viewed at the CBU Packaging Facebook page.

NEW TEST PROTOCOL: The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) has recently added a new test protocol, 6-AMAZON.com-B, to the list of protocols the CBU Certified Packaging Lab is certified to perform commercially. The test is a general simulation test for heavy and/or bulky packaged-products shipped through Amazon’s distribution system to final customer destinations. This brings the total number of certified test protocols for the CBU lab to 14 out of 29 ISTA test protocols.

Donate Your Used Clothes & Support the Food Bank!

Gaia-MovementThe Gaia Movement collects gently used clothes and shoes, diverting them from the landfills, thus saving resources, reducing greenhouse gasses, and providing good clothes for hundreds of thousands of people. Through their green drop-off bins they provide a convenient way for people in local communities to donate their unwanted clothes. The program strives for ZERO waste, and kept almost 10 million pounds of textiles out of landfills in 2013 nationwide! This Gaia Memphis recycling program helps Gaia fund the Community Table Garden at 1895 Madison, which benefits the Mid-South Food Bank. CBU’s donation box is located behind O’Hara Hall in the East Parkway parking lot.

Trick or Treat for Others to Eat!

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Campus Ministry, Black Student Association, STA, Alpha Xi Delta, NAACP, and Divine Voices are sponsoring a canned food drive though October 31. Boxes are in front of the Campus Ministry offices (across from the Buc). All donations will benefit the Exchange Club of Memphis families. Questions? Contact spearhead Chelsea Peppers at cpeppers@cbu.edu.

 

CBU in the Community

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students visited JIFF on October 14. JIFF is a non-profit working with at risk youth assigned to them by the juvenile court system.  Enactus will work with the youth for the next eight weeks, delivering a curriculum on financial literacy.  Pictured above (l-r) are: Yuki Namba (project lead), Shelby Tate, Katelyn Graham, Michael MacMiller, Ashley Winston, and Bev Vitali.

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The CBU Lady Buc Softball Team worked the busiest water station on the course of the Greenline Half Marathon on Saturday, October 11. The race benefits the Shelby Farms Greenline and its efforts to lower the carbon footprint to Shelby Farms Park and the city of Memphis. The marathon is also the first sustainable sporting event in Tennessee, as certified by the Council for Responsible Sport.

 

September of Service Sets New Record!

Congratulations, CBU — September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds 2014 set records for participation hours and volunteers! Our official service hours this year totaled 1,930 (that’s almost an entire work year!!) and our volunteers totaled 382 (compared to 1,725 and 291, respectively, in 2013; and 1,088 and 254 in 2012). We just keep getting better — next year, let’s shoot for at least 2,000 hours and 400 volunteers!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the S.O.S. Finale on Friday evening; it was a fun celebration of an outstanding month of service. Congratulations to Manaf Albazaz and RaKesha Gray, who served at the most S.O.S. events (8 and 7, respectively), and received a frameable certificate of S.O.S. Awesomeness and a CBU blanket to keep them warm until next September. Also, Finale participants voted to make a $100 S.O.S. donation to DeNeuville Learning Center, who will use it to help local women earn their GEDs.

A big CONGRATULATIONS and CBU THANKS to everyone who served and put our Lasallian values of faith, service, and community into action! We have really set the bar high for SOS 2015. See you then!

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Pictured are the participants in our final project, SOS@CBU on September 30. What a great way to end the month!

SGA Teddy Bear Drive

CBU_TeddyThe Student Government Association is holding a Teddy Bear Drive this week to benefit the children at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. Every child who visits the Memphis Child Advocacy Center for the first time gets to choose a brand new teddy bear from our Bear Wall. Every bear is a comforting symbol of love and protection. You can help by donating bears or other items from the current Memphis Child Advocacy Center wish list. Bears should be new and at least 10″ tall. The CAC also has need for bottled water, healthy snacks and juices: prepackaged/ individual (please no nut products), paper towels/facial tissue, stickers, gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Sam’s, Kroger, Lowe’s or Home Depot), chalk/magic markers, backpacks, and monetary donations. Any of these can be dropped off to the SGA Office in Student Life any time this week.

Be a Big Brother or Big Sister

bbbs-logoBig Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis is seeking student volunteers from CBU to serve as “Big” mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way agency that matches boys and girls ages 7-17 with well trained, motivated volunteers who serve as mentors. The children served by this agency are from all races and economic backgrounds. The common denominator for our children is a need for a supervised, quality friendship that promotes caring, love and trust. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are special friends, not parental substitutes. These adult friends share and teach civic pride and self-responsibility.

To become a “Big”  you must be at least 18 and able to commit a regular and consistent amount of quality time with your “Little” for at least one year. It takes consistency and time to build positive, strong relationships between our matches. To ensure that you and your “Little” get the most out of your time together, Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a careful screening of all applicants, offers a thorough orientation as well as an interview with a Case Manager. All of this information is used to determine which little will best suit your personality and interests.

Upon being approved by the agency to serve as a mentor, you are matched with an appropriate little. The Bigs and Littles can participate in our AMIGOS program until an appropriate match is made.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis offers a number of programs with one aim in mind, providing strong role models for adolescents who desperately need someone in their lives who will make a difference between a future bright with hope or filled with despair. We offer several options for interested volunteers, whether you can share a little or a lot of time.

For more information, call (901) 323-5440 or visit www.msmentor.org.

This Week at CBU

INTRAMURAL SAND VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION OPEN: Registration is now open online for the 2014 Intramural Sand Volleyball season! Sign up online at imleagues.com/cbu now as an individual or as a team to compete for the coveted Intramural Championship Shirt. Games will be held on campus at the Sand Volleyball Courts by Rozier.

BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., in the Sabbatini Lounge on the 2nd level of the Thomas Center.  All donors will receive snacks & drinks for your donation. You can make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code CBROS  or come visit after your classes. Please make a donation for disaster victims and those in need.

CBU-Day-of-GivingSEPTEMBER OF SERVICE DAY OF GIVING: Join the CBU Community on Tuesday, September 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Volunteer: Help with the Kenrick cleanout, campus cleanup, and various other projects around campus. Register to volunteer at www.cbusos.com
Donate: Make a gift to the Leadership Scholarship Fund, which supports students each year for outstanding leadership and service in the community. Each gift made that day will be matched dollar for dollar! Make a donation here for scholarships!!

Following the S.O.S. Day of Giving, join us for a Picnic Dinner on Maurelian Lawn at 5:30 p.m. Students will use their student ID for dinner. All other guests should RSVP to rsvp@cbu.edu for accurate catering counts.

AKA WEEK
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• Take PrecAKAtion: Alpha Kappa Alpha will be hosting a driving forum on Monday, September 29 to educate students on how serious driving is and on precautions that need to considered while driving on the road. Although statistical information is important, hearing genuine situations and stories about how driving accidents have affected the lives of loved ones will have a major impact on this campus. Sorority acquaintance Ketia Francis, CBU alum Jamal Threlkeld, and CBU Kappa Sigma Junior Nash Lanigan will all share their stories on how a car accident affected their lives. This event will be held in Spain Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
Greenhouse Effect: As a part of the environmental movement, one of the factors of going GREEN is restoring and repairing what is presently in place. AKA will work along with CBU SOS for their event to clean up the campus on Tuesday, September 30.
• Poise N Ivy: On Wednesday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m. on the Front Lawn, AKA will help bring awareness to our community on how mental health issues and stress relate, and ways to relieve stress. A guest professor will speak about mental illness and its relationship to college life, and then participants will engage in an art therapy session by painting on a large canvas on the lawn. Once the artwork is completed and dry, AKA will donate it to Lakeside Behavioral Health System.
Have Lunch with M.E.:  AKA will be spreading awareness about food deserts (neighborhoods don’t have access to a traditional grocery store) and how they have an impact in our Memphis community. This event will take place on Thursday, October 2 in Alfonso Dining Hall, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory: Throughout the week, AKA will be collecting canned goods for overseas members of the armed services. AKA will also have arts and crafts in Alfonso Dining Hall on Friday, October 3 for students, faculty, and staff to make cards of appreciation and gratitude between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Step Show: AKA Week will wrap up with performances by local NPHC chapters in Memphis on Friday in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $3 for CBU students and all Greek students; $5 for guests.

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FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS LUNCHEON:
Creating a Climate for Solidarity
—In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis, CBU will join hundreds of other Catholic parishes, schools, and colleges across the nation in this lunch discussion program to discuss the wisdom of the visions of Saint Francis and the current Pope Francis regarding the simultaneous duty to take care of both Creation and the poor. This program highlights the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and offers concrete ways that individuals and communities can respond. Thursday, October 2, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in the LLC Classroom 104. Hosted by the Sustainability LLC, please RSVP to Dr. Ben Jordan at bjordan1@cbu.edu.

PINK OUT GAMES: CBU’s chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha will be sponsoring Pink Out games for the Buc and Lady Buc soccer matches against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday, October 3 to benefit Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. The Lady Bucs play at 5:00 p.m., and the Bucs play at 7:00 p.m., both at Signaigo Field.

September of Service: Week 3 Recap

Even though the picture does not show it, CBU had 102 SOSers at the McKellar Lake cleanup!

Even though the picture does not show it, CBU had 102 SOSers at the McKellar Lake cleanup!

Way to go, CBU! In week three of September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds, 157 volunteers served 465 hours in our community, for a total of 1,470 hours so far. In 2013 we served a total of 1725 hours, so we have nine days left to beat our record! We can do it, CBU!

Last week’s volunteers taught senior citizens how to use their laptop computers at St. Augustine Catholic Church; tagged and organized items at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore; assisted the Memphis Zoo staff with the Stingray Bay, giraffe feeding, and camel ride exhibits; packaged 66 pounds of leftover food from Alfonso Dining Hall and served over 40 children with First Works; weeded and raked leaves for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center; picked up 13,000 pounds of trash and recyclables (including 325 tires) with the Memphis River Warriors at McKellar Lake; and provided a deep cleaning of Hope Lodge for cancer patients.

In the last nine days of S.O.S. we will inspect and sort food at the Mid-South Food Bank (many spots left for our Monday 12:15 to 3:00 p.m. project); clean up Overton Park; help with a construction project in our neighboring Beltline community; help the patients of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (full); help prepare for a Livable Memphis MemFix event; kill some kudzu at Lichterman Nature Center (full); help the animals at Collierville Animal Shelter (full); assist teachers at Madonna Learning Center; and work together on our own campus during SOS @ CBU.

Sign up at www.cbu.edu/sos and make some new friends while doing a good deed!

ROGUE SOSing! Remember, if you can’t join us for one of our scheduled service projects, we welcome you to don your SOS shirt, serve your community (wherever you are in the world), and post your good deed (including a picture) to our Facebook page. Don’t have an SOS shirt? Make a sign! Don’t have a sign? SOS anyway!

Mark your calendar now for our SOS Finale at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, October 3 in the LLC.

Like CBU’s September of Service on Facebook and sign up for a great S.O.S. event at www.cbu.edu/sos. Or if you just want to buy one of our very good-looking $10 t-shirts, please email Dr. Tracie Burke at tburke@cbu.edu.

This Week at CBU

YOUR PATH TO WELLNESS: Trainer Heather Jordan will speak on personal motivation for exercise and nutrition on Tuesday, September 23 in the Wilson Family Commons in the Living Learning Center, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Exercise and nutrition are both good for your brain, and both contribute to better academic performance. Learn to utilize nutrition, fitness, and time management to reach life goals and fuel passion and purpose. Dinner will be served. If you are interested, please RSVP to Dr. Ben Jordan at bjordan1@cbu.edu.

ALUMNI TRIVIA NIGHT: It’s time for our Semi-Annual Alumni Trivia Night with Brother Ignatius Brown! Friday, September 26, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Pre-register your team on or before September 24 for $15 per person. After September 24, registration is $20 per person — CBU students can register for $5 per person. BYOB/BYOF (food and drink). Free soft drinks and bar snacks will be available. Teams are comprised of 6 to 8 people. More info and registration »»

MILLION CALORIE BURN 5KMayor AC Wharton’s Commitment to Fitness Million Calorie Burn 5K will be held on September 27, beginning at Highpoint Church with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. This family fun run will benefit the Common Table Health Initiative‘s fight against childhood and family obesity in Memphis, and will feature a post-race awards ceremony with live music and food. Register online here »»

CBU GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE @ MID-SOUTH PRIDE PARADE: Do you have a LOT of Buccaneer Pride? Do you have LGBT or Straight Ally Pride too? Then join CBU’s Gay Straight Alliance in the annual Mid-South Pride Parade on Saturday, September 27 at Robert Church Park (4th and Beale St.), 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sign up to march in the parade by emailing your GSA President at aswims@cbu.edu.

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THE CANNON BALL CONCERT
CBU’s first Cannon Ball is a concert event featuring country music star Ben Bradford and local rock group Fingertrick. Open to CBU students and high-school seniors. The Cannon Ball will also host several local food trucks! Saturday, September 27, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Nolan Field and the Gazebo area.