This Week at CBU

BROTHER MARK SULLIVAN GOLF TOURNAMENT: The CBU Athletics Department will hold the 27th annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament Monday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. at Colonial Country Club. Registration, with lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Individuals may enter for $195, or foursomes are available for $780. All proceeds from this year’s event benefit the CBU Athletics Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund provides the critical support needed to fund small capital improvement projects that keep our programs competitive and sustain institutional health. More info and registration available online »»

Voss-Roberts-2RELIGION LUNCH & LEARN: The CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy presents a lunch and learn with Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts of Wake Forest University on April 13, who will be speaking on the topic of “Feeling My Neighbor’s Faith: Aesthetics and Hindu-Christian Encounter”   in Montesi Executive Center, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Christian encounters with other faith traditions can evoke strong aesthetic reactions, both positive and negative. At the same time, the intensity and meaningfulness of aesthetic experience have often been described in theological terms. Dr. Roberts brings together these insights in her study of Hindu traditions. In this lunch and learn discussion, she will talk about how Hindu theological aesthetics can illuminate the role of art and emotion in interfaith understanding. If you’d like to reserve a boxed lunch, please RSVP to Dr. Emily Holmes at (901) 321-3325 or

FAREWELL TO DR. NELSON: Help say fare thee well to Dr. Elizabeth Nelson as she prepares to retire. Dr. Nelson will hold a teach-in, discussing “10 Ways to Love Your Professors” on Tuesday, April 14 in St. Joseph 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Students will also conduct a brief roast (at her request—don’t worry, they really do love her). So, if you are a student and have anything you’ve always wanted to tell Dr. Nelson, now is the time. Do it before she leaves, folks! There will also be delicious cake and beverages for everyone to enjoy. Please RSVP to Caitlin Coney at if you are planning to come to this event — especially if you are planning to participate in the roast. Don’t miss it. It will be informative, fun, delicious, and Dr. Nelson will be there. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE FOR DAN MESSINGER: Campus Ministry will offer a brief Candlelight Service for Dan Messinger, Administrative & Licensing Officer Assistant in the Department of Education, in the Buckman Quad on Tuesday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.  All members of the CBU Community are invited to attend. Dan passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday, April 5. Dan graduated from CBU with a degree in Marketing in 1999 and earned his MBA in 2003. He leaves his wife, Stephanie Raniszewski Messinger (’97, MBA ’99) and their daughter, Evie, as well as sister-in-law Tricia Raniszewski Swaney (’01), brother-in-law David Swaney (’01), mother-in-law Rita Raniszewski (Education Department, MBA ’07 & MEd ’15) and father-in-law Edward Raniszewski (’76).

ENVISION PRESENTATION: The Student Awareness of Local and Global Issues group of the 2015 ENVISION Leadership program will host Tina Bodenheimer and Pat Anderson for a discussion on “The Cost and Effectiveness of Education” on Wednesday, April 15 in Spain Auditorium, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. All members of the CBU Community are invited to attend.

The Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium presents Sister Simone Campbell as its 2015 keynote speaker on April 16 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m.. Sister Simone has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues. During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters, including LCWR, to sign on. In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives. This budget would decimate programs meant to help people in need. “Nuns on the Bus” received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 MinutesThe Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has received numerous awards, including a “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and the “Defender of Democracy Award” from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. For more information, visit

DAY OF SILENCE: This Friday, April 17, is National Day of Silence. On this day, you may choose to “speak” out against the bullying of LGBT+ individuals that occurs in school settings. The Gay-Straight Alliance of Christian Brothers University invites you to join us in a vow of silence. GSA will be handing out free stickers and speaking cards between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Friday morning in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center and Alfonso Dining Hall. GSA also reminds you to be respectful in your silence — if a professor requires you to speak during class, please do so.

SAFE ZONE TRAINING:safezone CBU will hold its spring Safe Zones training for interested faculty and staff on Friday, April 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center. Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Sciences) will facilitate the training. In Fall of 2013, CBU’s Safe Zone Program launched with 32 faculty and staff members completing training and becoming Safe Zone Allies. Sponsored by Student Life and the CBU Gay Straight Alliance and endorsed by the Faculty Assembly, the Safe Zone Program aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed, asexual or ally (LGBTQIA) students; to improve the overall campus environment for these students; and to educate students, faculty and staff on LGBTQIA issues. To sign up, contact Dr. James, chair of the CBU Safe Zone Program Committee, aKJames2@cbu.eduMore information about CBU Safe Zones can be found at

moodyglassROSS GALLERY OPENING: The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at CBU announces an exhibition by Christie Moody entitled “Fluidity: Explorations in Glass” April 17 through May 22, 2015. A public reception for the artist will be held on Friday, April 17 in the gallery, which is located on the lower level of Plough Library on the CBU campus, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Christie Moody is the owner of Blue Heron Glass Art of Carlton, GA, producing limited edition and one-of-a-kind hanging and functional pieces using fused, slumped, and engraved glass. For more information on Christie Moody and Blue Heron Glass Art, visit On concurrent exhibition in the gallery foyer will be an exhibition of the Memphis Camera Club 2014-15 Competition Winners.

SOFAPALOOZA! Join CBU SGA in Boshwit Courtyard for Sofapalooza 2015 on Friday, April 17, 6:00-11:00 p.m. for food, music, and fun! Featuring Baby Baby, FingertrickFre$co Day & Krucial, plus DJ Double E & Mordecai. Central BBQ Food Truck and beverages are provided (no outside beverages allowed)! Register for your free student ticket here:

 McKellar Lake and the Memphis River Warriors need YOU! The Student Sustainability Coalition is helping the Memphis River Warriors clean up McKellar Lake this Saturday, April 18. We are meeting in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center at 9:00 a.m. Please wear work boots and be prepared to get dirty! Check out these sites to learn more about McKellar Lake:;

ΣAE’s XTREME MAKEOVER GREEK EDITION:Come out and help support Sigma Alpa Epsilon and Alpha Xi Delta give back to the community by donating $1 to help build “Hand Trees.” ΣAE is preparing for its 11th annual and national “True Gentlemen Day of Service,” which will be dedicated to repairing Binghampton Christian Academy on Saturday, April 18. Want to learn more about Binghampton Academy? ΣAE will be outside of Alfonso Dining Hall all week,so come out and support this wonderful event! 

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK: As the closing lecture of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens exhibition “Hail! Britannia!,” 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. Sunday, April 19 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.

In Memoriam

The CBU Community mourns the sudden passing of Daniel Messinger, Administrative & Licensing Officer Assistant in the Department of Education, on Easter Sunday.

Dan graduated from CBU with a degree in Marketing in 1999 and earned his MBA in 2003. He leaves his wife, Stephanie Raniszewski Messinger (’97, MBA ’99) and their daughter, Evie, as well as sister-in-law Tricia Raniszewski Swaney (’01), brother-in-law David Swaney (’01), mother-in-law Rita Raniszewski (Education Department, MBA ’07 & MEd ’15) and father-in-law Edward Raniszewski (’76).

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 8 at Canale Funeral Home (2700 Union Extd.) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with Rosary afterward. Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church (4841 Park Ave.) with a reception afterward.

Family and friends have set up a memorial fund for his daughter, Evie. Memorial donations can be sent to:

Fund for Evie
c/o Joshua Shipley
Vice President, Commercial Lending
Independent Bank
5050 Poplar Avenue, Suite 2200
Memphis, TN 38157

A meal scheduling site has been set up to support Stephanie and Evie during this difficult time, and members of the CBU Community can volunteer at

Please keep Dan’s family and the extended Raniszewski family in your thoughts and prayers.

In Memoriam

Brother Marvin Becker (’70) died on March 18 at St Luke Hospital in St. Louis. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 65 years, he was born Marvin John Becker in Jefferson City, MO. He graduated from La Salle Institute in Glencoe, MO, and entered the novitiate in 1950 and professed his final vows in 1957. He earned a BA from CBU in Memphis, an MA from University of Missouri – St. Louis, and an MA from Loyola University Chicago. Brother Marvin served as sub-director of the Scholasticate at CBU, 1967-70, and as director, 1977-80. Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manchester, MO, on March 23 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Christian Brothers Cemetery in Wildwood. Memorials may be made to La Salle Retreat Center (2101 Rue de La Salle, Wildwood, MO 63038) or to De La Salle Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527).

In Memoriam

Laura Holcomb, a longtime Aramark employee who worked in Barry Hall, passed away on March 9. She is the sister of Dorothy Hathaway and aunt of Antronika Rucker. Arrangements are being handled by M. J. Edwards Funeral Home (1165 Airways Boulevard)The wake will be held on Friday, March 20, 5:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be on Saturday, March 21 at 12:00 p.m. Please keep Laura and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent in care of Aramark Facility Services at Campus Box 348.

In Memoriam

br_mattBrother Matthew Szatkowski passed away on Tuesday, January 27 at Villa Scalabrini in Sun Valley, CA. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 57 years, Brother Matt taught theater arts and speech at CBU from 1987 to 2009. After his retirement he lived in Los Angeles and most recently at Villa Scalabrini.

A graduate of De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Brother Matt entered the novitiate of the Brothers in Glencoe, MO. He professed his first vows in 1959 and his final vows in 1966. He earned his BA and MEd from St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN, an MA from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA from Memphis State University.
Survivors include his brother James Szatkowski of Clarkston, WA; niece Cynthia Szatkowski of Camarillo, CA; and the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He donated his body to science.
Please keep Brother Matt, his family, and the Christian Brothers in your thoughts and prayers. Memorials may be sent to the De La Salle Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527).

In Memoriam

Marvin G. Crutcher, father-in-law of Donna Crutcher (Business Office), passed away on September 30. Please keep the Crutcher family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Donna in care of Campus Box 11. Memorials may be made to the Shepherd¹s Chapel, P.O. Box 416, Gravette, AR 72736.


Laura Smith, beloved grandmother of Kimary Lee (ITM ’02), passed away on May 11. Visitation will be Saturday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m., at Harrison’s Memorial Chapel (3320 Millbranch Rd.), with funeral ceremony at noon. Interment will follow at Payne’s Cemetery, Please keep Kimary and here family in your thoughts and prayers. Online condolences may be left here.

In Memoriam

Nathan Pera, a Chemistry graduate from the Class of 1961 and longtime friend of CBU, passed away on February 11. He was also a graduate of CBHS and a member and past president of the CBHS Hall of Fame, as well as a charter member of the CBU Presidents Club. Please keep the Pera family in your thoughts and prayers. Visitation will be held Monday, February 17 at Memorial Park Funeral Home Riverside Chapel from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m., with services and burial immediately following. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorials be sent to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at

In Memoriam

Mr. Robert J. Steves Sr., father of Eloise Smarrelli, passed away early this morning in Syracuse, NY.  The funeral service is Monday, February 3, at St. Margaret’s Church (203 Roxboro Rd, Mattydale, NY 13211). Funeral services by Hollis Funeral Home of Syracuse ( Please keep the Smarrelli and Steves Family in your prayers. Condolences may be be sent in care of the President¹s Office, Campus Box 25.

Dr. Dale Bails, former Professor of Economics and Dean of the CBU School of Business, passed away on January 30. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church (5296 Park Avenue). Please keep Marcia and the Bails family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent online at the Memorial Park website, or mailed to 5517 Pecan Grove Lane, Memphis 38120.

Remembering Desi

CBU paid tribute to the late Desi Owens (’85), Lady Buc Hall of Fame basketball and volleyball player, at the January 16 basketball game in Canale Arena. Pictured above at the memorial are (l-r) Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, Lady Buc guard Ashley Schaefer (who shares Owens’ number 21), Sarah Condra, Lady Buc head coach, and Owens’ mother and stepfather, Ramona and Bob Townsend.

Owens was an All-Conference and All-District player on the CBU volleyball team for four years, leading CBU to three straight NAIA national tournaments. In basketball, she scored 1,290 points with 495 rebounds as she led CBU to four straight winning records, including a 23-3 mark and the VSAC West Division championship in 1982-83. Owens still holds the school record for career field goals made, and she is fifth in career scoring. Owens passed away in August 2013.

In Memoriam

Frances T. Birch, mother of CBU trustee and alumnus Joe Birch (’78), passed away on November 9 in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. She is also survived by two other sons, Patrick Birch and James Birch; two daughters, Mary Ann Dunn and Kathleen DeAngelis; 13 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Memorial donations may be made to the Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Ambulance Corp (55 Sycamore Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423) or the West Milford Township First Aid Squad (619 Ridge Road, West Milford, NJ 07480). Condolences may be sent to Joe in care of the President’s Office at Campus Box 25.

In Memoriam

Mark Daniel Buckman (Chemical Engineering ’76) passed away on October 26. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gayle Buckman, son Joseph Buckman (’09), grandson Perrin Buckman, sister Nancy Barnes, and brother Steven Buckman. The family requests that memorials be made to either the American Cancer Society or to the American Lung Association.

Sister Mary Della Quinn, OP, a Dominican Sister of Peace and former adjunct faculty member at CBU, passed away on November 1 at Baptist Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Sister Mary Della’s years of service also included positions in schools, churches and at the Diocesan levels in Louisville, KY; Chicago; Springfield, KY; and Memphis. Her most recent service was as a pastoral minister at the Ave Maria Assisted Living and Nursing Home in Bartlett. Her other years of service in the Memphis area included St. Dominic School for Boys, St. Agnes Academy, various parishes, and the Diocesan Office. Visitation will take place 4:00-6:00 p.m., Monday, November 4 in the Chapel of the Ave Maria Nursing Home (2805 Charles Bryan Road). The Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 5 in the Ave Maria Home Chapel. Memorial donations in her honor may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace (2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219).

In Memoriam

Rev. Robert Carroll Wheatley, Vice President for Student Development Services at CBU in 1987-88, died on October 7 at his residence in Hardinsburg, KY. Father Carroll was also a veteran of the United States Navy where he served his country for over 20 years, 14 of them as a Command Chaplain. Condolences can be made at

Memorial Mass for Br. Jeffrey Gros

Christian Brothers University and the De La Salle Brothers in Memphis will offer a Memorial Mass commemorating the passing of Brother Jeffrey Gros on September 28. Father Michael Joyce will be the celebrant.

The Memorial Mass will take place at CBU’s Stritch Chapel on at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception. Brother Jeffrey was a native of Memphis and a long time lecturer at CBU and the Distinguished Professor of Ecumenical and Historical Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary. Most recently, he was Catholic Studies Scholar in Residence at Lewis University as well as an adjunct professor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He died on August 12 following a relatively short bout of pancreatic cancer. May He Rest In Peace!

The CBU Community — faculty, staff, alums and current students —are most welcome to attend, as well as the many  people who  came to know Brother Jeffrey over the years.


In Memoriam

br-edwardBrother Edward Everett, former faculty member and assistant dean of men at CBU, died on August 21 in Winona, MN. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 66 years, he earned a BA degree in 1950 and a MAT degree in 1955 from Saint Mary¹s University in Winona, MN. He later earned a MA and a PhD from Loyola University Chicago. During his years as an educator he taught in Winona, Chicago, Belgium, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Palestine. Brother Edward served at CBU 1989-92. He was also an adjunct faculty member and admissions counselor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

Survivors include his brother Harry Robert of New Port Richey, FL; and niece Darlene Lanham of Chicago, and the Christian Brothers of his community. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Thomas More Chapel at Saint Mary¹s University on August 25. Memorials may be made to the Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527).

In Memoriam

Desi-OwensDesiree “Desi” Owens (’85) died peacefully after a brief struggle with cancer on August 18 in Berkeley, CA, surrounded by family and friends who loved her, and her spouse and soul mate, Leslie Ross. Desi was a volleyball and basketball player at CBU from 1981 to 1985, and she was inducted into the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. The family requests that memorials be sent to elder care organizations such as Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay (; organizations providing dignity and a creative voice for older individuals such as Stagebridge in Oakland (; animal rights and rescue organizations such as the Milo Foundation (; or organizations supporting equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, questioning and intersexed individuals.

Robert Kendall “Ken” Lamkin (BSBA ’06, MAT ’12) passed away August 11. Ken was with Ozburn Hessey Logistics, had been a manager for Caterpillar Logistics and a former teacher at White Station Middle School, Raleigh Egypt Middle School, and Cordova Middle School. He is survived by his wife, Dayna Jan Lamkin; son Robert Evan Lamkin; and stepson John Tyler Hayes of Memphis; his mother, Mary Lois Kendall; three brothers, Mark Lamkin, Lee Colby Lamkin, and Bobby Burns; and two sisters, Danette R. Lamkin and Tiffany Edwards. The family requests that memorials be made to the Robert Kendall Lamkin Memorial Fund at

In Memoriam

Brother-Jeffrey-GrosBrother Jeffrey Gros, former member of the CBU faculty and the Lambert Hall Community, died in Chicago on August 12. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 58 years, he was born in Memphis. He received a BA and a MEd from St. Mary¹s University of Minnesota. Brother Jeffrey earned an MA in Theology from Marquette University and a PhD in Theology from Fordham University.

He was well known in the ecumenical movement for broadening its scope, published widely in theological journals and periodicals, edited numerous books on ecumenism, and spoke to various religious and educational groups throughout the world. Brother Jeffrey served ten years as Director of Faith and Order for the National Council of Churches and also for fourteen years as Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. More recently, he was the Distinguished Professor of Ecumenical and Historical Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary. In the fall of 2011 Brother Jeffrey went to Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, as the Catholic Studies Scholar in Residence. He was president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, consultant to the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Chicago, adjunct professor at Catholic Theological Union, and Dean of the Institute for Catholic Ecumenical Leadership.

Survivors include his sister, Sister Joye Gros, OP, of St. Louis, and the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Memorials may be made to the De La Salle Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527). Condolences may be sent to the Brothers’ Community at Campus Box 94. They may also be sent to Sister Joyce at 4928 Washington Blvd, St. Louis MO 63018.


Michael Gubbels, older brother of Brother Mark Gubbels (Business Office, Retired), passed away on June 25 in Columbus, NE. He leaves his wife Dorothy, a daughter and two sons, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Memorials may be directed to St. Bonaventure Church (1565 18th Ave  Columbus, NE 68601), Scotus Central Catholic High School (1554 18th Ave  Columbus, NE 68601) or a charity of the donor¹s choice. Condolences may be sent to Brother Mark at Campus Box 83.


John Anderson, husband of Wanda Anderson (retired), passed away on Thursday, June 13 after a battle with lymphoma. Mr. Anderson was a retired marketing and promotions manager for The Commercial Appeal. Services are set for Saturday at Family Funeral Care at 4925 Summer. Family and friends will be received at 2:00 p.m. with the service beginning at 3:00 p.m. and a reception to follow.

Karen Fulghum, mother of Geoff Fulghum (Physical Plant), passed away in hospice care on Wednesday, June 12.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Baptist Trinity Hospice House (350 N. Humphreys Blvd., Memphis, TN 38120) or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to Campus Box 10. Please keep Geoff and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Gerry Papachristou, husband of Pat Papachristou (Economics) and father of Mark Papachristou (’97, MBA ’99) and Angela Papachristou (’07), passed away on May 11. The family requests that memorials be made to St. Patrick Food Ministry, Holy Apostles Outreach Committee, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent in care of Campus Box 70.