News at CBU

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.

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.

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.

CBU in the Media

An article in the February 5 edition of the Memphis Daily News entitled “‘The Team That Beat Memphis’ Has a Target on Its Back” spotlights Coach Mike Nienaber and the Buccaneer basketball team. “We’re the team that beat Memphis,” Nienaber is quoted. “It gives teams incentive every time we play. But we’re good enough to beat anybody in our league on a given night. Get to Birmingham, then all bets are off.”

An article in the February 5 edition of The Memphis Flyer entitled “Tennessee Joins Multi-State Lawsuit Against President Obama” deals with a multi-state lawsuit against President Obama, alleging his recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional. The article includes several quotes from Mauricio Calvo (Business Administration ’97), executive director of Latino Memphis. ”It’s a waste of resources,” Calvo is quoted. “With all of the things that we have to do as a state, we’re allocating tax money to fight the federal government on something that’s a dead end.”

An article in the February 3 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer ( entitled “La Salle goes outside Catholic order for new chief” reports that former CBU Vice President for Academics Dr. Anthony Aretz is one of two finalists to become the first lay president of La Salle University (succeeding retired president Brother Michael McGinniss, also former president of CBU). Aretz is currently president of Mount St. Joseph University, a Catholic school in Cincinnati. The other finalist is Colleen M. Hanycz, head of Brescia University College, a Catholic school in London, Ontario, Canada. “La Salle University, for the first time in its 151-year history, will be led by a lay president rather than a Christian brother – and its new leader might be a woman,” the article states.

An article in the January 27 edition of Memphis Business Journal entitled “Wine tasting room coming to South Main” reports that CBU alum Chris Albonetti (Management ’95) is an investor in the Crown Tasting Room, a wine-tasting venue that is a partnership between Art Village Gallery and Crown Winery (of Humboldt, TN). The Crown Tasting Room will have a grand opening on February 21 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Gallery located at 410 S. Main St. The celebration will mark its official opening to the public.

Welcome (Back) to CBU!

Kristi Forman (’99) has returned to CBU as the new Director of Admissions. Kristi began her higher education career in 2001 recruiting for CBU’s Evening Program (now the College of Adult Professional Studies). Since then, she has recruited for various universities including Belmont University in Nashville and Strayer University locally. She also has significant experience in  retention management and operations management. Kristi is excited to rejoin the CBU community!

Service Opportunities

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! 

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 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. 

Get on “The Same Page”

samepageRead the latest issue of Plough Library’s newsletter, The Same Page. Learn all about new stuff at the library, including:

  • New & Improved Research Guides
  • Sustain-a-Book Contest
  • Library Workshops & Tours
  • Games & Puzzles
  • New Databases — Literary Reference Center Plus, Access Engineering, and Access Science
  • LGBT Studies Book Display
  • Graphic Novels
  • Leisure Reading

Study in London and Paris

Have you ever imagined riding on a red double decker bus? Have you ever imagined seeing the Eiffel Tower in person? Well, you can! Study International Finance or Global Studies in London and Paris. This trip is open to all students and the Global Studies course is an approved general education requirement. Explore the cultures of London and Paris. Popular and historic sites include the Latin Quarter, House of Parliament, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and so much more! Don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime!

Study Abroad has numerous ways to help cut down on cost including several $500 stipends for students traveling abroad this year.

Students who are interested and need to pay later are encouraged to contact the Study Abroad office to work out a payment plan. Absolute final deadlines are as follows:

  • Scholarship applications must be received by Thursday, February 12.
  • Recipients will be notified by February 17. 
  • Students must be registered for classes before spring break,and full payment must be received by April 15.

Hurry! The deadline for the $300 deposit is February 17. For more information on this trip or ways to reduce cost go to

Become an RA

Being a Resident Assistant (RA)
 is one of the best student leadership positions available anywhere! If you are interested in taking an active role in life, you may want to consider applying to become a Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are assigned to oversee residents, programming, administrative work, and the ongoing development of the Residence Life program. RAs provide personal and individual assistance to students who have problems or questions about residence life and the general college experience. The Office of Residence Life looks for RA candidates who demonstrate a strong interest in people, are deeply involved in their CBU experience, and have a proven record of responsibility. If you are organized, hardworking, and want to contribute positively to your community, then the RA position is for you.

Deadline: Applications are due on March 6 by 5:00 p.m.

All this information can be found on the CBU website at

For more information about becoming a Resident Assistant, contact the Office of Residence Life at (901) 321-4102 or You can also visit the Residence Life office in the Office of Student Life, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

News from the Registrar

• February 13: Last Day to Withdraw from 1st 8-week course
• March 26: Last Day to Withdraw from 16-week course
• April 17: Last Day to Withdraw from 2nd 8-week course

Spring 2015 (2nd 8-week Term only)
• February 9: Registration reopens
Summer 2015 Registration
• Currently open
Fall 2015 Registration Opening Dates:
• March 23: Adult Professional Studies, Nursing & Graduate
• March 30: Day Seniors and Juniors
• April 1: Day Sophomores
• April 3: Day Freshmen

Thanks from Cheer for the Kids

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

This Week at CBU

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 remaining sessions will be held at 1:00-1:50 p.m. on February 5 and 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.  Interested students are urged to attend all four sessions. 

VEGETABLE GARDENING BASICS: Whether you plant in the ground, build a raised bed, or grow your crops in containers, this workshop (hosted by Marie Dennan and Kenny Latta (’10), TIGUrS Garden Volunteers, Community Gardeners) will cover the essential knowledge needed to successfully grow a garden. Topics covered will include how to build a raised bed, plant/garden seasonality, tools, companion planning and much more. Thursday, February 5, Buckman Hall 358, 6:00-7:30 p.m. This workshop is part of the For the Love of Gardening Series 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). To register, go to

EMERGING LEADERS SEMINAR – FINDING YOUR “HEAD, HEART, HUSTLE”: CBU and Teach For America are hosting a leadership development seminar on Friday, February 6, focused on unlocking your leadership potential by maximizing strengths and finding the right “hustle” for you. The “Emerging Leaders Seminar” will feature local leaders, training on how to be an effective leader on-campus and beyond, and opportunities for students to practice leadership skills beyond the seminar.  The event will be held in the Canale Arena Skybox, 3:30-8:00 p.m., and is OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS. Registration is completely free, and meals will be provided. Participation is limited to the first 50 students who sign up, so interested students should RSVP at NOW.

TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWS: The CBU Admissions Office is holding interviews on campus with prospective students for the Trustee Scholarship Program on Saturday, February 7. The Trustee Scholarship is the most prestigious academic scholarship available at CBU. This merit-based scholarship benefits outstanding students for academic performance and covers full tuition and fees.

ROCKY HORROR SHOW: Join Student Life at Playhouse on the Square for the Rocky Horror Show on February 7 at 8:00 p.m. A satirical tribute to the science fiction and B-list horror movies of 20th century, the show centers around two naïve lovers, Brad and Janet, who seek shelter from a thunderstorm in an old castle and find themselves thrust into the laboratory of the cross-dressing mad scientist Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter and his motley crew. Tickets are limited, so sign up now at (Contains strong adult language and adult situations)

ASCE vs. Faculty/Staff, Monday at 7:00 p.m.
TKE 1 vs. Uncle Drew’s Nephews, Monday at 8:00 p.m.
 The Tune Squad vs. ZTA, Monday at 9:00 p.m.
 Pippen Ain’t Easy vs. Soccer Girls, Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
 The A Team vs. AXiD, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
 Soccer Globetrotters vs. ASCE, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
 TKE Freshmen vs. TKE 2, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
 The Tune Squad vs. The A Team, Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.
 Soccer Girls vs. AXiD, Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
 Pippen Ain’t Easy vs. ZTA, Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
 Kappa Sigma vs. Redeem Team, Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
 G.M.O. vs. SAE, Thursday at 9:00 p.m.
All games are in Canale Arena

CBU Celebrates Black History Month

Wednesday, February 3
Soul Food Day (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Alfonso Dining Hall) Enjoy an array of healthy Soul Food choices!
Black Student Association Lunch and Learn: “Food for the Soul: Heart Disease and Hypertension” (12:00 p.m., Sabbatini Lounge) Dr. John Davis from the PA Program will make a presenta tion on “Heart Disease and Hypertension” that will help students not only catch early signs of these ailments, but know how to combat them through healthy lifestyle choices. The Food Recovery Network will also make a presentation on what they do to feed the hungry in the Memphis area, and how others can get involved Bring your lunch and join us! Bring your lunch and join us! Free health screening will be provided by the Physician Assistant Program. Health screenings will also be available on February 4.

Friday, February 6
Know Your Worth College Tour: Domestic Violence Forum (6:30 pm-9:30 p.m., Montesi Executive Center) Sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma and featuring Aaron Jordan Jr., author of The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes. Panelists will include Dr. Timothy Doyle, Associate Vice President for Student Life; Dr. Kelli James, Assistant Professor; and Karen Barnett, Dean of Students.

Thursday, February 12

BSA and Student Life Movie Night (6:30 p.m., Spain Auditorium) A screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba.

Friday, February 13
Open Mic Night for “Ebony Expressions of Love” (6:30-10:00 p.m., Sabbatini Lounge) Dazzle the audience with expressions of love through poems, singing, etc.

Castings Deadline This Week!

castingsWant to win money? Be published? 

Submit your work to the Castings literary and art competition!

  • Four categories: poetry, prose, digital photos, fine art
  • First, second, and third place in each category.
  • Submit to by February 2!

Winners will be published in Castings in May, and will present their work at the annual Castings kickoff!

News at CBU

President John Smarrelli Jr. was among more than 100 Catholic leaders — including 31 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities — to sign a petition entitled “Immigration is a Pro-Life Issue,” calling on Congress to pass immigration reform. “The immigration crisis will not be solved by threats to shut down government agencies, enforcement-only strategies or piecemeal approaches,” the petition states. “Breaking up immigrant families and denying protection to those fleeing gang or cartel violence, as just one example, is neither a humane or effective strategy. Comprehensive immigration reform that would create an earned path to citizenship for those in the shadows, expedite family reunification, strengthen refugee protection, and address why desperate people reluctantly uproot and cross borders, deserves a vote now.”

kuwaiti_embassyDr. Smarrelli and Dr. Frank Buscher (VP for Academics & Student Life) visited the Kuwait Embassy in Washington, DC last week, solidifying CBU’s partnership with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Higher Education and its scholarship program for Kuwaiti students to attend U.S. universities. Several nations, including Kuwait, have CBU on their list of preferred U.S. engineering programs.

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!


Special Offers

ARTWORK FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS: Delegates of CBU fraternities, sororities, and other student organizations are invited to come by Rozier Hall 175 to see artwork you can sell to earn funds to support the good work you do. Come by this week Monday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., or by appointment – Contact Brother Francisco Martin at

GRIZZLIES TICKETS: The Memphis Grizzlies offer great group discounts. As part of CBU’s Sport Management program, students who take Sport Management 410 act as a professional sales employee by selling tickets. Marcus Hodges (’16) has tickets available for games on Tuesday, March 3 (Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz at 700 p.m.) and Monday, March 30 (Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings at 700 p.m.). Tickets are $50 for First Tennessee Club, $15 for Terrace II, and $10 for Terrace IV. Tickets can be purchased individually or as an organization. Contact Marc Hodges at or or by phone at (901) 871-5714 (preferred).

London and Paris are Waiting for You!

Time is running out. London and Paris are waiting for you!
Make your college experience unique by going to two of the world’s premier international cities. Learn about International Finance and Global Studies while exploring London and Paris. See the Kensington Gardens, Montmartre, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, or take a night river cruise in the “city of lights.” There is so much to see and do and the experience will be unforgettable!!

Now, Study Abroad has several $500 stipends for qualified students traveling abroad this year. For more information on this trip or stipend go to

Upcoming Events

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

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

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 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

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

“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


Interested in Living on Campus!?!

The Department of Residence Life still has some Spring 2015 housing spots available for students. Those interested in applying for on-campus housing, please feel free to contact Alton Wade at or Wilson Phillips at in the Office of Student Life if you have any housing related questions. You also may reach them by calling (901) 321-3531 during the week, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Living on-campus can help simplify your transition to life as a Buccaneer. The Department of Residence Life is committed to your overall campus experience; so please let them know how they can best be of service.


This Week at CBU

BLOOD DRIVE: The Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive on campus on January 27 in the Swashbuckler, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. At this drive, you can give:
Blood: The most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of ‘whole blood’ is given. This type of blood donation usually takes about an hour.
Double Red Cells: A Double Red Cell donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor.  These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood.

GIRL TALK TUESDAY: Young Ladies United’s next Girl Talk Tuesday will be Tuesday, January 27 in Sabbatini Lounge at 5:00 p.m. The topic will be “If you saw me, what would you think?” Discussion topics include what is considered appropriate attire for young ladies, and the stereotypes that come with dressing certain types of ways. Feel free to bring your dinner with you.

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 remaining sessions will be held at 1:00-1:50 p.m. on January 29, February 5, and 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.  Interested students are urged to attend all four sessions. 

NAACP CHAPTER MEETING: Thursday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211), Members are encouraged to come for information and to pay dues. All interested students are welcome too!

PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION AWARENESS: Thursday, January 29. Email for more information!

GMAT/GRE REFRESHER SERIES (QUANTITATIVE): CBU Graduate Business Programs are hosting this session on Thursday, January 29 for students interested in supplementing their study aids and resources for the GRE/GMAT. Students who need to retest for either exam are also encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The session will be held in St. Joseph Hall 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and cost is $20 (cash or check). For more information, contact Keeley Seniuk at or (901) 321-3555.

HOT CHOCOLATE SOCIAL WITH THE BROTHERS: Come out to the LLC Commons Thursday night, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. for the Lasallian Collegians’ Hot Chocolate Social with the Brothers! There will be hot chocolate and a time to talk with the Brothers and the Lasallian Collegians!

mickey&minnieDISNEY DANCE: Come one, come all! The Honors Program welcomes all students to dress up in Disney duds for their Disney Dance on Friday, January 30, in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211), 8:00-11:00 p.m. Featuring Disney-themed decorations, hors d’oeuvres, music, a magical photo booth, COSTUME CONTEST, and Pin the Tail on the Eeyore game! Prizes will be given to the best dressed male and female, and there will be chocolate fondue!! It promises to be a happily-ever-after evening! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Tickets $3 in Alfonso Dining Hall or at the door.

LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INTERVIEWS: The CBU Admissions Office is holding interviews on campus with prospective students for the Leadership Scholarship Program on Saturday, January 31. The Leadership Scholarship Program is a leadership-based scholarship awarded to two students each year for outstanding leadership and service in his or her community. Recipients of this scholarship will receive support from Student Life in developing a New Student Organization that can have a lasting impact on the university. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees, and it replaces all other CBU scholarships and grants awarded.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is holding its Regional Leadership Conference at CBU on Thursday, January 29. FBLA is a national vocational student organization for students in high schools and middle schools who are interested in business or business education careers.
District 1 of Tennessee DECA (Shelby County chapters) is holding its 
Career Development Conference and Competitions at CBU on Friday, January 30. DECA is a national organization for high school students that prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.


Lasallian Collegians: January’s Core Principle

The core principle for January is Faith in the Presence of God. Sometimes, especially when things are getting tough, it can be difficult to have faith that everything will be okay. We talked to a few people on campus and asked them how they keep their faith and what this principle means to them.

One student said that “Faith in the Presence of God means unconditional love and [that] God is the top priority in my life.”

Another student said that this principle is a helpful reminder that “God is the supporting parent that is always there for you and that you can pray to for help when you need it. He’s like a backstage deckhand that you don’t always see but you know that He is running the show.”

Yet another student remarked that “Faith in the presence of God can have many different interpretations. In my eyes, this core principle means to live a life as if God is always watching you. It means to take pride in the fact (in others words, have faith) that God is looking out for you and that he has a plan for you…basically he is in control of the decisions you make and is there to give you guidance when needed.”

“Faith in the presence of God for me means to know that God has plans for me, plans for good and not for evil, which give me a future and a hope. And it is through that hope and trust in God that assist my walk with Him every day. We are always to be grateful for what God has done and will do in our lives if we continue to love and walk humbly with God daily,” said another student.

What does Faith in the Presence of God mean to you? Post it on the Lasallian Collegians Facebook page at

Come Away With Your Classmates!


Come Away with your Classmates! With half the school year over, make plans for the London-Paris trip in May. Classes offered are International Financial Management: FIN 437 and Global Studies: GS 300 (Honors and Regular). After class, ride the big red double-decker bus, enjoy the sites of Big Ben, House of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, then on to Paris for the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysses, a Seine river cruise and meet the Mona Lisa up close and personal. To save your spot pay a $300 deposit to the Business office by January 27… or check with study abroad office for extension. Study abroad now has several $500 stipends for students traveling this year, so fill out the form. For more information on this trip or classes or stipends follow this link.

So you want to go on the London Paris trip? Now what?
1. Pay $300 to Business office by January 27… or contact the Study Abroad office for an extension, to reserve your spot. Deposit fully refundable if trip fails to make. (Make check payable to CBU with note London/ Paris trip deposit.)

2. Apply for stipend for trip cost immediately. (Up to $500). Applications must be received in Study Abroad office by February 3. Subsidy recipients will be notified by February 17.

3. Complete Study Abroad Application and return to Study Abroad office.

4. Register for 2nd 8 week session class that begins after Spring Break: GS300: The Global Citizen (regular or honors) and/or FIN 437: International Finance. Meeting time is TBA to accommodate the schedule of all students enrolled. GS class satisfies Social Science GER.

5. Pay incrementally or pay in full. After $300 January payment, pay an additional $1000 for a total of $1300 by February 27. Full payment due by March 16, unless special arrangements are made with Study Abroad office. (Full time students register as part of their normal class load and pay no extra tuition. Part-time and overload students pay $200 for credit hour.)

6. Go to or contact Study Abroad office for more information. Call (901) 321-3264 or drop by Buckman Hall 342 or 346.

For the Love of Gardening


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  Questions? Call (901) 552-4298.

Get Your “Bucs Treasure” App

bucs_treasureCBU Athletics and Student Government Association are proud to announce Bucs Treasure, a loyalty program and mobile device app that rewards CBU students for supporting CBU Athletics and SGA events.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with SuperFanU, an industry leader in sports loyalty apps, and provide this innovative and engaging mobile app to our fans and students,” said Brian Summers, Director of Athletics. “This platform is currently used by major Division I institutions like Michigan and UCLA, but also used by Gulf South Conference peers West Florida and North Alabama. The app will allow us to interact with our students and fans, while providing them incentives to attend our CBU athletics events. We’re currently offering a 40-inch TV top prize and look forward to adding smaller- and larger-scale rewards as we develop Bucs Treasure.”

  • A check-in system that earns you points for attending Bucs athletic events
  • Stay up-to-date with a consolidated schedule listing event dates, game times, & point values
  • Earn points to unlock rewards and exclusive discounts
  • Official Leaderboard noting your rank compared to top point holders
  • Share to Twitter/Facebook and compete with friends

Download Bucs Treasure now for Android or iPhone and fill out your profile so you can start earning rewards! You can also find more info and track your account online at

Career Services Calendar

• Wednesday, January 21: Cupcakes & Conversation: Careers with … (Company TBA); 3:00 p.m., Buckman 211 (Montesi Executive Center)
• Thursday, January 22: Pizza & Professionals:  (Company TBA); Buckman 102, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, January 27: Career Power Hour: Job Search Strategies; 1:00 p.m., Buckman 102
• Thursday, January 29: Pizza & Professionals with the Exchange Club; 12:30 p.m., Buckman 102

CBU Healthy Initiative Naming Contest

fitbitOver the years, CBU has endeavored to build a healthy community and campus. This year, we plan to be more active in this pursuit. In order to achieve this goal, the Benefits and Compensation Committee is creating a new Healthy Initiative Program to help promote a healthy lifestyle amongst faculty and staff here on campus.

CBU is a participant in the Memphis Business Group on Health’s CEO Culture of Health Initiative, committing CBU to promoting and supporting the health of its employees through the University culture, policies, benefits, and programs. Through the Culture of Health Initiative, CBU will actively promote employee health by creating programs that offer employees physical activity support, increase healthy eating options, and promote a wellness culture, initiatives certified by the American Heart Association’s Fit Friendly Business Program.

To kick off the program, the Committee is sponsoring a contest to name CBU’s program. The winner of this contest will receive a Fitbit Tracker for his or her contribution of naming the Healthy Initiative. Please visit for details and a handy form to use to submit your suggestions for a name.

Submit your ideas and you could win a brand new Fitbit!

The contest will end January 23. We encourage you to participate and help contribute to CBU’s new healthy community!

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive on campus on January 27 in the Swashbuckler, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. At this drive, you can give:

Blood: The most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of ‘whole blood’ is given. This type of blood donation usually takes about an hour.
Double Red Cells: A Double Red Cell donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor.  These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood.

Why Give?
Blood is essential for life: it carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fights infections, and helps heal wounds. And everyone has this self-generating resource that can be generously given to others—when and where it is needed most.

  • Accidents happen 24/7 that put our friends, family, and neighbors in danger
  • Blood transfusions save the lives of cardiac patients during surgery
  • Premature infants come into the world often needing blood to survive

You or someone you know will need blood.
If not personally in need, at some point we will all know a friend, neighbor, family member, or co-worker who needs a blood transfusion. In fact, 1 out of 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. From natural disasters to unforeseen catastrophes, emergency hospital procedures to life-long battles with chronic diseases such as sickle cell, the demand for blood is constant. The supply is not. And since there is no substitute, only volunteer blood donors can roll up their sleeves and save lives.


Flu Advice

As many of you are aware, this year’s influenza vaccination does not provide full protection against the particular influenza strain that has been circulating this winter.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the vaccine only reduces the risk of serious disease by 23 percent. Nonetheless, the CDC recommends people still get a flu vaccine. The vaccine may lessen the severity of the symptoms and help prevent serious complications that might arise from contracting the disease. If symptoms are treated within 24-48 hours of onset, there are 3 anti-viral medications that can lessen the duration & severity of the flu symptoms. You will need to visit or call your local physician/clinic for definitive influenza testing and treatment with anti-viral medications. If you have been diagnosed with the flu, please contact Health Services at 321-3260 for help with tracking the illness on campus and possible accommodations during your illness.

The CDC recommends a three step approach to fighting the flu which includes obtaining a flu vaccine, seeking early treatment for symptoms and everyday preventative measures.

Listed below are a few of the preventative measures:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with “flu-like” symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. Fever must be gone without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap & water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Additional information concerning the flu can be found at Any further questions, please contact Heather Harrington in Health Resources Monday-Friday in the Thomas Center, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Interested in Living on Campus?

The Department of Residence Life still has some Spring 2015 housing spots available for students. Those interested in applying for on-campus housing, please feel free to contact Alton Wade at or Wilson Phillips at in the Office of Student Life if you have any housing related questions. Call (901) 321-3531 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the week.

Intramural News

Interested in playing 5V5 Basketball for intramurals? Sign up at Also, if you are interested in earning a few extra dollars and have background knowledge in basketball, you can be a referee. Email for more details. 

Are you looking to make some extra cash? CBU intramurals are looking for students that are interested in officiating for the upcoming IM basketball season and are paid $8/hr. Official Training will be held on January 20th at 9:00 p.m. in Canale Arena after the Wacky Olympics. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Earnest Spiller at