CBU Scores Big in College Rankings

USNews_logosCBU continues to claim its place among the Top Tier of Southern Universities according to U.S. News and World Reports 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” CBU is ranked 27th of 127 schools included among the Regional Universities category in the U.S. News methodology, which is based upon classifications created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. U.S. News also ranks CBU ninth for Best Value and fourth for Campus Ethnic Diversity among its peers in the South. CBU was also ranked as an A+ School for B Students and among the Best Colleges for Veterans.” The CBU School of Engineering also continues to be ranked among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the U.S. More info »»»

Best-Value-SchoolsCBU has also been ranked as a “Best Value Small College for a Business Administration Degree” by BestValueSchools.com. The ranking, which was published in July, was created using National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator data to identify the most affordable competitive small colleges in the U.S. for a degree in business or management. CBU, which ranked 19th among the Top 50, is noted for its seven different business options for a business degree.

CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2016

CBU has named (above l-r) Mustafa Hmood (History ’16), Ian Boyd (English ’16), Sara Swisher (English ’16), Kierra Turner (Accounting ’16) and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16) as its 2016 Class of CBU Lasallian Fellows. The 2016 Fellows were introduced to the CBU Community at the Academic Convocation on August 27 (pictured above with Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU President).

CBU Lasallian Fellowships are presented annually to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership, and service. Each student was nominated by a member of the CBU faculty or staff because of academic excellence, commitment to social justice, the active nature of his or her faith, and an inspired approach to change-making.

Upon graduation, the Fellows will be awarded $10,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community. The Fellowships are made possible through the creative generosity of Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman. (They also now appear, much larger than life, on the west wall of the Thomas Center.)

Academic Convocation Awards

Congratulations to faculty and students who were honored at the Academic Convocation on August 27:
Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was the recipient of the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award for 2015-16. The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Recipients must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.
Mrs. Cathy Grilli (Mathematics) was the recipient of the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Faculty Award, presented annually by the School of Sciences.
• Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature & Languages) was awarded the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
• Dr. James Moore (Biology) was awarded the Outstanding New Academic Advisor Award.
• Peter Bursi (Accounting ’18), Damini Patel (Biochemistry ’17), and Natalie Sterling (Liberal Studies ’17) were honored as Outstanding CARLs of the Year by the Office of Academic Services.
• John Dawson (Business Administration ’16), Rakesha Gray (English ’17), and Angel Rodriguez (Cybersecurity ’18) were honored by the Division of Student Life with the CBU Spirit Award.

Endowed Faculty Chairs were awarded to:
• The Harry B. Solmson Chair Of Business Administration was awarded to Dr. Bevalee Vitali (Management/Marketing/Economics).
• The Morrie A. & Lillian Moss Chair In Accounting was awarded to Dr. Jennifer Weske (Accounting).
• The Harold R. Krelstein Chair In Performing Arts & Communications was awarded to Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts).
• The Dr. John J. Shea Chair In Science & Mathematics was awarded to Dr. John Varriano (Physics & Natural Science).
• The Brother Bernard LoCoco Presidential Chair was awarded to Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature & Languages).
• The J. Everett Pidgeon Chair was awarded to Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering).

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS from the Academic Convocation (and also Service Awards from the Community Convocation on August 20) are available on the CBU Flickr site.

Alpha Chi Induction

Congratulations to the the new members of Alpha Chi, who were inducted on Saturday, August 29. Pictured above (not in this order) are George Gallarno, Carly Geis, Morgan Granoski, Noah Kelly, Trey McGinnis, Chandler Martin, Breeana Nikaido, Adam Okolicany, Thuy-Anh Phan, Gabriel Quiroz, Katie Robinson, and Rebecca Wauford. Not pictured are new inductees Alexis Blum, William Bottom, Chelsea Casaccia, Sheridan Cross, Tiffany Gardner, Jessica Love, Mikayla Ortner, Francis Sexton, Alexander Swims, Ben Tansey, and Arash Zainaleanin.

Alpha Chi is a national interdisciplinary honor society, open by invitation to juniors and seniors whose GPA is in the upper 10% of their School. Elected officers for 2015-16 are: Chandler Martin, president; Breeana Nikaido vice president; and Katie Robinson, secretary/treasurer. Faculty sponsors are Dr. Randal Price and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald. The first alpha chi meeting will be  September 15 in Cooper-Wilson 118 at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at  malinda@cbu.edu.

This Week at CBU

An exhibition of new paintings by Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) entitled “Crosscut” is in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery through October 8. In “Crosscut,” Peña continues his investigation of the ever-shifting concept of the American Dream, and the effects that ideal has on both our environment and our national psyche. While this new work still plays off of the contrasts between past and present, representation and abstraction, and stability and instability, the material used is pushed further in an attempt to highlight the unique balance of these apposing concepts. The Ross Gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Library and is open during regular Library hours.

NAACP MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: CBU’s NAACP will be conducting a membership drive August 24-28 in the Alfonso Dining Hall, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Dues for this year are $15 for those under 21 and $30 for those over 21!  Get involved and join TODAY!

WELCOME WEEK ZUMBA!  It’s Fun! It’s Fitness! It’s Zumba! Come out to Nolan Field on Monday at 7:00 p.m. for some seriously fun dancing! Bring a towel to wipe off sweat, some water, and a friend!

WELCOME WEEK SCOOP: Here’s the Scoop! Whether it’s vanilla or chocolate, or somewhere in between, choose your flavor at the Gazebo next to Rozier Hall on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate the end of a fun summer with your CBU SGA and then paint the rock!

WELCOME WEEK TRIPPY TIE DYE: Come to the Buckman Quad on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to make your own retro CBU swag. First 50 students get a free t-shirt! It’s a totally rad tie-dye bonanza!

WELCOME WEEK ORGANIZATION FAIR: From Greek Life to the Honors Program to Black Student Association to even SGA, if you want to get involved on campus, be sure to swing by the Organization Fair in Sabbatini Lounge on Thursday from 11:00  to 2:00!

WELCOME BACK BOOK FAIR: The CBU Dystopian Literature Society will be hosting a campus-wide Welcome Back Book Fair in the Plough Library on Thursday, August 27. The Book Fair will feature some of your favorite titles and maybe some you haven’t heard before! Refreshments will be served on the main floor of the library. Stop by and check it out!

ACADEMIC CONVOCATION: Join us to celebrate the best and brightest of the CBU community at the annual Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 27 in the University Theater at 5:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks from President Smarrelli and SGA President Kierra Turner will precede a presentation by Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology, MHIRT Program Director), and the announcement of the Endowed Chairs for 2015-16 and the CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2016. Awards will be presented to outstanding  Academic Advisors and CARLs, and CBU Spirit Awards will be presented by Student Life. The School of Sciences will present the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Award to a member of its faculty, and CBU will present the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. the highest University honor for a faculty or staff member.

SOS15SEPTEMBER OF SERVICE KICKOFF: Are you ready for the biggest service initiative CBU has ever seen?! CBU’s September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds is back and better than ever. We have 30 days of great projects and hundreds of volunteer slots, so now all we need is YOU! Join S.O.S. on Friday, August 28 in the Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., to kick it into gear, and get ready for all the fun, growth, learning, new friends, and SERVICE. There will be signups, refreshments, “Why I Serve” sign pictures, chalk the quad, great new S.O.S. t-shirts for only $10 (or you might win one!), face painting, and more!  S.O.S. is open to EVERYONE at CBU! Yes, everyone: students, faculty, staff, alumni, Brothers, family members, and pets (well, maybe not pets). We’re working on the calendar now and we’ll have it open for signups at the Friday kickoff. In the meantime, check it out at www.cbu.edu/sos, like us on Facebook and get ready to rock Memphis! ROGUE SOSing is back! 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!!!!

BSA BIG SPLASH: Join the Black Student Association and DIVE INTO THE SCHOOL YEAR on Friday afternoon, 4:00-7:00 p.m., in the Canale Pool and the Sand Volleyball Court!

WELCOME WEEK MOVIE NIGHT: Tired from a long first week of classes and moving in?  Come over to Spain Auditorium on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. for a great movie and popcorn! (HINT: Who knew detention could be fun too?!)

Distinguished Alumni Announced for 2015

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

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

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

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Are You Alpha Chi Material?

seal-top-leftIf you are a junior or a senior a CBU and are in the upper 10% of your School (Arts, Business, Engineering, Science, Professional Studies) then watch your email for an invitation. Some were sent out this summer and others will be sent out this weekend.  Induction is August 29. Alpha Chi is a national interdisciplinary honor society. Membership is by invitation only. GPA for acceptance is usually around 3.7 (depending on School your major is in). For further details about AX see the national homepage. Or if you have questions about your invitation, contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at malinda@cbu.edu or Dr. Randal Price at rprice@cbu.edu.

Upcoming Events

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: The last session of Freshman Orientation, welcoming the Class of 2019, is Thursday, July 30 through Friday, July 31. Their busy schedules will include sessions to inform them about CBU services and resources, group academic advising, placement tests, class scheduling, and LOTS more!

COMMUNITY CONVOCATION: The annual pre-semester meeting of all faculty and staff will be held Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater with reports from the CBU Administration and recognition of faculty/staff service. Faculty meetings will follow in the afternoon.

WELCOME (BACK) WEEKEND: The 2015-16 academic year begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 21 when the resident students of the Class of 2019 starts moving into the residence halls. All first-year freshmen are required to attend, and parents are strongly encouraged to join their students. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about campus, give back to the community, enjoy activities and start building lifelong friendships. Upperclassmen will be welcomed back to campus on Saturday, August 22. A tentative schedule of events is available at cbu.edu/welcome-back-weekend.

Crosscut,” an exhibition of paintings by CBU’s own Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) will open with a public reception on Friday, August 21 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibition will continue through October 8 in the gallery and foyer, which is located on the lower level of Plough Library.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: More details to come on these upcoming events!
Academic Convocation: August 27
Alumni & Family Weekend: October 1-4
Memphis Reads with Dave Eggers: November 6
Bell Tower Gala: November 14

Commencement Awards

The following graduating seniors were recognized at the 2015 Commencement Exercises with awards from the various schools and the University.

Veronica Virgen Miguel, Outstanding History Student Award
Lauren Faye Ervin, Literature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
Nathaniel Rollie Celeski, Margarette J. Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Award
Matthew George Kotek, Kenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate
Katelynn Logan Hicks, Behavioral Sciences Faculty Award
Kristen Faith DeRidder, Christine Ladd Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-traditional Psychology Major
Anna Elizabeth Liley, Psi Chi Outstanding Leadership Award
Emily Dawn Phillips, Outstanding Visual Arts Student Award

Ally Marie Wanta, Memphis Chapter – Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
Shanice D’Shara Oliver, Moroni-Whaley Award
Jasmine Denean Lewis, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award
Trey Maurice Casey, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key
Taylor Julian Seaman, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

Sean Michael Jenkins, T. Herbert Darnell Award
Nicholas Ryan McKee, Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award
Lauren Ashlee Harrett, Outstanding Civil & Environmental Engineering Graduate Award
Anna Grace Baumheckel, Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate Award

John David Wolfe, Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Award and the Brother Dominic Dunn Award
Jonathan Andrew Aristorenas, Biology Faculty Award
George Edward Gallarno, Mathematical Sciences Faculty Award

Jenna Schletty
, College of Adult Professional Studies Academic Achievement Award

Earnest Spiller, Brother I. Leo O’Donnell Outstanding Student Leadership Award
Nathan Andrew Sampson, Thomas Lipsmeyer Award
Stancia Doretha Harvey, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Trey Maurice Casey, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Taylor Julian Seaman, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award


BelkEdward E. Belk Jr. (Civil Engineering ’84, MEM ’91) was named the recipient of the 2015 Craig Blackman Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the Graduate Engineering Celebration on April 17. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi and a 1999 graduate of the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir, VA.  Mr. Belk was selected by the Secretary of the Army into the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2012 and currently serves as the Chief of Operations and Regulatory Functions for the US Army Corps of Engineers at command Headquarters in Washington, DC.  He has operational and investment oversight of the Corps’ $200 billion national infrastructure portfolio of locks, dams, reservoirs, levees, hydropower facilities, floating plant and related water resources infrastructure. Mr. Belk has received numerous prestigious awards over the years, to include selection as the General J.W. Morris Civilian of the Year for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2012; the Bronze Order of the deFleury Medal, presented in 2009 for superb support and significant contributions to the Engineer Regiment while at war; two separate Army Meritorious Civilian Service Awards for meritorious performance during two tours in Iraq (2009, 2005); the Army Global War on Terrorism Medal for 2009 service as a senior engineering leader in Iraq; and the Outstanding Executive of the Year for the Memphis Area Federal Executive Association in 2006.  Mr. Belk was selected into Tau Beta Pi while at CBU in 1983 and is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers, where he has served as both President and Director for the Memphis Post.

For the second consecutive year, the Gulf South Conference named Buccaneer basketball guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) to the GSC Top Ten as a finalist for the Commissioner’s Trophy, awarded annually to the top overall student-athlete in the GSC, recognizing excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The first Capital One Academic All-America of the Year in the GSC, Casey graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in business administration with a concentration in finance. He averaged 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a senior, earning First Team All-GSC and All-South Region honors, also earning Honorable Mention All-America.

Kyle Edmundson (MSEM) was selected by the Graduate Engineering faculty as a new member of the National Engineering Management Honor Society.  To be selected as a member, one must have at least 3.65 GPA and at least 18 credit hours completion.  Each year CBU new members are limited to 35% of graduate engineering students enrolled that year.  Kyle earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from CBU in 2011.  While he was an undergraduate engineering student at CBU, he co-oped with FedEx (AOD Aircraft Fleet Powerplant Engineering) and interned with Cummins (Manufacturing and Process Engineering).  He has been with FedEx since 2012 and currently is Powerplant Engineer.  He manages both on-wind and off-wing GE CF6 engine maintenance programs.

NCAA Division II south region softball coaches voted Lady Buc softball outfielder Jennifer Gonzalez (Mechanical Engineering ’16) to the National Fastpich Coaches Association All-South Region First Team, the first NFCA All-Region player in school history. Gonzalez hit .418 with a .567 on-base percentage and a .724 slugging percentage, finishing with 56 hits, 15 doubles, eight home runs, 44 runs batted in and 38 runs scored. She led the GS in batting average and on-base percentage, and she ranks 10th in the nation in on-base percentage. She is 28th in the nation in hit by pitches, 54th in walks, 67th in slugging percentage and 71st in batting average.

Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the FE exam and has become an Engineer Intern. Lauren is employed at Smith Seckman Reid, where she was a Structural Engineering Intern prior to her graduation. She also interned with Toyota Motor and Manufacturing as Facilities Engineering/Projects and Building Services Intern (Summer 2013, 2014) and Plant Engineering/Plant and Building Planning Intern (Summer 2012).  In 2013-14 Academic Year Lauren served as CBU ASCE Student Chapter President and served as Conference Chair for the 2014 ASCE Deep South Conference. The ASCE Tennessee Section named her as ASCE Student Member of the Year in 2014 for her leadership.  Lauren was selected as one of the 2014-15 Lasallian Fellows.  At CBU she was Golf Team Captain, President’s Ambassadors, Honors Program Member, Historian and Ambassador for Society of Women Engineer, and Graduate Engineering Intern.  Lauren was also named 2015 Featured Civil Engineering Student and 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Graduate.

Johnnathon Kring (ITS) has earned the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional certification, showcasing his knowledge of IP networking.

The following CBU students who have been listed as new ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians in the June 2015 issue of ista viewsAlana Byrd (Chemical Engineering), Joseph Ferris (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Antoine Herve (ECAM Exchange Student), Sebastian Polania (Mechanical Engineering), Yuliana Luna (Civil Engineering), and Anne Youngblood (Mechanical Engineering). The newsletter can be viewed at ista.idigitaledition.com/issues/29.  Click here for a complete list of CBU students, faculty, and staff, who have received ISTA certification.

Phillip Loewenberg (Mechanical Engineering ’15) passed the FE exam and has become an Engineer Intern. While at CBU, Phillip co-oped with MLGW Power and Reliability and Gas Engineering Groups. He also interned with UTHSC, where he worked on a mice neuronal pathways research project. Phillip won First Place in the 2015 ASME Technical Poster Competition. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi.

Dr. Pong Malasri
(Dean of Engineering) gave a one-day packaging seminar at the Thai Packaging Centre, National Research Council of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, on June 2.  About 50 people from 25 companies attended the workshop. More pictures of the event can be viewed at the CBU Packaging Facebook page.

Mike Nienaber (Athletics/Men’s Basketball) was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame in May. Nienaber has coached two All-Americans at CBU, both from Cincinnati. He has coached 10 All-South Region players at CBU, seven of whom hailed from Cincinnati, and 20 All-GSC players at CBU, 13 of whom are from Cincinnati. Nienaber has coached seven GSC Freshmen of the Year, four of whom come from Greater Cincinnati. In all, 40 players from Greater Cincinnati have played for Nienaber, all of whom graduated from college, including 38 that graduated under Nienaber at Bethel or CBU.

An article entitled “Effect of Temperature on Drinking Water Bottles” was published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, Volume 3, Number 1, pp 147-157, May 18, 2015.  Authors include Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering), Robert Moats (Engineering Lab Technician), Antoine Herve (Exchange Student from ECAM, France), Joseph Ferris (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), and Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering). This is part of an on-going R&D project sponsored by Walmart.

The Gulf South Conference named three CBU athletes to the FireSeeds Spring Academic All-GSC Teams, and 40 earned spots on the GSC Spring Academic Honor Roll. Two CBU baseball players earned spots on the Academic All-GSC Baseball Team. Pitcher Taylor Seaman (Business Administration ’15) graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA while he threw 42 innings as one of the Bucs’ weekend starters this season. First baseman Casey Goodwin (Business Administration ’17) carried a 3.76 GPA and started 28 games at first base, finishing second on the team with a .385 on-base percentage and recording a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage for the second consecutive season. Golfer Andrew Aristorenas (Biomedical Science ’15) represents the Bucs on the Academic All-GSC Golf team. He graduated with a 3.94 GPA and played in nine tournaments for the Bucs this season, capped by a 14th-place finish in The Buccaneer in October. The baseball team placed a school-best 15 players on the academic Honor Roll, followed by 11 softball players, five men’s tennis players, three women’s tennis players, three men’s golfers and three women’s golfers.

News at CBU

CBU President Dr. John Smarrelli (above right) toured the Crosstown Concourse construction in May with Ann Langston of the Church Health Center and Gary Shorb of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, two other future tenants of the former Sears Crosstown building. CBU plans to create a Health Sciences Simulation Lab in the building, which will will further enhance CBU’s Health Science offerings and will better prepare students for careers in these growing disciplines. The Simulation Lab is among the programs supported by CBU’s Faith in Progress capital campaign. 

25_bestCBU has been selected by Masters in Accounting Degrees as #8 on its 2015 list of “25 Great Small Colleges for Master’s in Accounting.” The list highlights 25 great small colleges for students looking to continue their education with a master’s in accounting. The overall sample was pulled from College Navigator by selecting schools with an undergraduate student enrollment of less than 2,200 students and an acceptance rate under 70%. From that list, the final list of 25 schools was developed by looking at crime rate, number of degrees awarded, and student-faculty ratio.

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has become a member of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium since May of 2015.  The focus of the consortium aligns with its mission.  In addition, Evergreen Packaging has rejoined the consortium in June of 2015.  It was one of the seven member companies when the consortium was established in 2010.  It was a member for the first two years but left due to some changes in the company. Dr. Geoffrey Nobes, Polymer Scientist/Technology Manager, serves as its representative on the Healthcare Packaging Consortium.  With these two new members, the consortium now has 13 active member companies: Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Medtronic, Bayer Consumer Care, Memphis Bioworks, MicroPort Orthopedics, Olympus Surgical Technologies America, Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, The Pallet Factory, The Royal Group, Wright Medical, and WS Packaging.  For more information about the consortium, please visit cbu.edu/healthcare-packaging-consortium.

Welcome to CBU! Three undergraduate students from Department of Packaging Technology and Materials, Kasetsart University, Thailand, came to CBU to intern with CBU ISTA certified packaging lab in June and July. They are being prepared for ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician Exam.  They are also working on a research project on insulation property of some industrial and agricultural waste materials, which may lead to new environmental-friendly insulated containers in the future. In the photo above are (l-r) The Research Project Team of Possawat Poonpurmsiri, Stephen Russell (Chemical Engineering), Poomtawan Tiapradit, Chonnavee Tarkarnviroj, and Bob Moats (Engineering Lab Technician). Members of the team not shown in the picture are Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering).

Commencement Week 2015


Wednesday, May 13 • Canale Arena (6:00 p.m.)
This event is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises. Reception to follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.

Thursday, May 14 • Sabbatini Lounge (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
Invitations will be issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to get together for a relaxing dinner and induction into the Legacy Society. Invitees should RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.

Friday, May 15 • University Theater (10:00 a.m.)
By invitation only, the Presidential Student Recognition recognizes undergraduates who have excelled in the classroom, athletically, and across campus. Parents and CBU faculty/staff are also invited to attend.

Friday, May 15 • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (7:00 p.m.)
shielerThe Baccalaureate Service commences at 7:00 p.m. Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear regalia only; Graduate students: wear regalia and hood. Please do not bring your cap.) Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, will deliver the Baccalaureate address. A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall. Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates. Click here for more info and RSVP »»

Saturday, May 16 • Signaigo Field* (9:00 a.m.)
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Buckman Quadrangle. Graduates must arrive at Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. Gates for the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Click here for Commencement parking map»»


Commencement Week Countdown

Wednesday, May 13 • Canale Arena (6:00 p.m.)
This event is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises. Reception to follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.

Thursday, May 14 • Sabbatini Lounge (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
Invitations will be issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to get together for a relaxing dinner and induction into the Legacy Society. Invitees should RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.

Friday, May 15 • University Theater (10:00 a.m.)
By invitation only, the Presidential Student Recognition recognizes undergraduates who have excelled in the classroom, athletically, and across campus. Parents and CBU faculty/staff are also invited to attend.

Friday, May 15 • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (7:00 p.m.)
The Baccalaureate Service commences at 7:00 p.m. Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear regalia only; Graduate students: wear regalia and hood. Please do not bring your cap.) Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, will deliver the Baccalaureate address. A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall. Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates. Click here for more info and RSVP »»

Saturday, May 16 • Signaigo Field* (9:00 a.m.)
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Buckman Quadrangle. Graduates must arrive at Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. Gates for the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Click here for Commencement parking map»»


Seeking Words of Wisdom

Your classes over the the past four years have taken the Class of 2015 to their goal of graduation. Now we’d like for you to share your “words of wisdom” with our graduating students. But there’s a twist: We want those words of wisdom to be in either video or image form!

Here’s how: Send an mp4 video of you speaking your Words of Wisdom OR send a photo of yourself holding your Words of Wisdom to Josh Colfer at jcolfer@cbu.edu. The deadline is Thursday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. C’mon, faculty — put those smartphone cameras to some good, creative use!

HERE’S THE PRIZE: Two tickets to the Grizzlies vs. Warriors NBA Playoff Game on Saturday, May 9 at FedEx Forum!

Thank You from ISS

International Student Services
(ISS) would like to give a big, huge thank you to all of those who attended last week’s Chat N Chew! We had a great turnout!

Though there were not many international students present, CBU students, faculty, and staff enjoyed hearing stories of “coming to America” from CBU faculty/staff: Frank Buscher, Divya Choudhary, Federico Gomez-Uroz, Siripong Malasri, and Asit Ray.

The stories shared were about first hot dogs, pay toilets, dog walking in white-out blizzards, love letters (pre-Internet), learning how to deal with the police, and the shock of getting used to a lack of pedestrian foot traffic. We also heard from Mustafa Hmood, an international student from Iraq and the standing president of CBU’s Muslim Student Association, about moving from Iraq to Syria to the United States — and the cultural adjustments required.

Thanks to all of you for your stories and the beautiful diversity you bring to CBU’s campus! Aside from the “international” stories, everyone present was able to share a little bit about where they’re from and their role at CBU. We chewed. Then we chatted. And then we chewed some more! Speaking of which, ISS also gives a very, very special thank you to Dr. Jack Hargett, Dean of the School of Business, for donating an amazing spread of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. And thank you, Ms. Sadie, for bringing the wonderful cream cake!

Commencement Week is Coming!

Wednesday, May 13 • Canale Arena (6:00 p.m.)
This event is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises. Reception to follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.

Thursday, May 14 • Sabbatini Lounge (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
Invitations will be issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to get together for a relaxing dinner and induction into the Legacy Society. Invitees should RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.

Friday, May 15 • University Theater (10:00 a.m.)
By invitation only, the Presidential Student Recognition recognizes undergraduates who have excelled in the classroom, athletically, and across campus. Parents and CBU faculty/staff are also invited to attend.

Friday, May 15 • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (7:00 p.m.)
The Baccalaureate Service commences at 7:00 p.m. Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear regalia only; Graduate students: wear regalia and hood. Please do not bring your cap.) Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, will deliver the Baccalaureate address. A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall. Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates. Click here for more info and RSVP »»

Saturday, May 16 • Signaigo Field* (9:00 a.m.)
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Buckman Quadrangle. Graduates must arrive at Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. Gates for the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Click here for Commencement parking map»»



Taylor Flake
(History ’17) was honored at the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium on April 16 as the recipient of the 2015 Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. Taylor was recognized for her role as founder of the CBU Chapter of the NAACP and lauded for her passion to solve social justice issues and implement long-lasting change in society. Through programs like the Juvenile Justice Summit, NAACP Reads, and the Black Lives Matter Campaign, CBU’s Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP has worked tirelessly under her leadership to create programs and initiatives that challenge CBU and the city of Memphis to face the issues in our community and work together to solve them.

Pictured above: (l-r) Dr. Eric Welch, Trey McGinnis, Kate Bollinger, Nick McKee, Melissa Dollar, Hayden Roth, Htet Cho Oo, Micheal Stuart, Brian McGinnis, Patrick McGinnis
Twelve CBU Engineering students attended the Region 3 IEEE Southeast Con in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 9-12. Brian McGinnis (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’18), Patrick McGinnis (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15), Melissa Dollar (Electrical Engineering ’17), and Kate Bollinger (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’18) were awarded second place for their Star-Trek themed submission to the t-shirt competition. In addition, Patrick McGinnis and Brian McGinnis were awarded second place for their work on the CBU IEEE website. The CBU IEEE Student Section was also recognized for their third-place award in a national competition for the best SPAx event. Other CBU competitors included:
Software Team: Trey McGinnis (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science & Mathematics ’17), Jonas Broughman (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’16), and Brian McGinnis
Student Paper Presentation: Micheal Stuart (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15)
Professional Paper Presentation: Jonas Broughman and Hayden Roth (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15)
Hardware Team: Htet Cho Oo (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science’15), Nick McKee (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15), Tyler Stranburg (Mechanical Engineering ’15), and Fred Smith (Mechanical Engineering ’15)

Anna Baumheckel (Chemical Engineering ’15) recently passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and becomes an Engineer Intern. In February 2015, Anna was recognized as the 2015 CBU Featured Engineering Student. She interned at Logical Systems, Inc. from January to December 2014.  She has been a tutor at the CBU Math Center and an assistant to the Dean of Academic Services.  In 2012, Anna raised over $13,000 for Memphis Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Paris Hardee (Nursing ’15) was featured on the Catholic Charities Facebook page for her efforts in the drive that the Nursing students organized to help with various charities. Paris managed to raise over 1,000 packages of Ramen Noodles on her own, which are in high need by Catholic Charities.

Dr. Paul Haught (Dean of Arts, Religion & Philosophy) and Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical Engineering) recently presented their research on CBU’s STEM educational outreach programs at the second annual meeting of Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE). The meeting took place in Detroit, and the title of their presentation was “Educating Minds and Touching Hearts: Adventures in STEM Educational Outreach.”

Lynda Miller and Brother Thomas Sullivan (Biology) had their article “Preliminary Lichen Inventory of Overton Park, Memphis, Tennessee”  published in Evansia, a journal of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, Inc.

Daniel Schenck
(Ecology ’17), pictured above, won a Best Paper Award at the 2015 Western Collegiate Division Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences on April 11 at the University of Memphis for his presentation “Testing of Stream Health of the Loosahatchie River Using Macroinvertebrates.” Brooke Joyce (Biology ’15) won a 2nd Place Award for “An examination of tight junction protein expression in human brain microvascular endothelial cells (hBMEC) in the presence of conditioned media from medulloblastoma subtypes.” Andrew Aristorenas (Biomedical Science ’15) won a 3rd Place Award for “Diabetes attenuates metabolic oscillations regulated by circadian clock rhythms.”

Pictured above (l-r): Damien Stevenson, Felicia Williams, Brock Swims, Caitlen Powell, and Shannon Little

The Gay Straight Alliance attended Middle Tennessee State University’s annual LGBT+ College Conference on April 9-11. The theme for the conference was “Diversify Your World!” and it was hosted on MTSU’s campus in Murfreesboro, TN. Brock Swims (Cybersecurity ’16), President of GSA, received the Academic Advancement Award at the conference, which “recognizes Tennesseans who have made a tremendous impact on diversity and inclusion through study, research, or thought at an academic institution.” Brock also hosted one of the many sessions at the conference, with his session entitled “LGBT+ Programming at Private Institutions.”

JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) has formally accepted a position in the United States Air Force Health Scholars Program and will be commissioned in the coming months as a Second Lieutenant.

Bucs Dominate Academic All-GSC Team Again

For the third consecutive year, the Christian Brothers University Bucs comprised half of the Academic All-Gulf South Conference men’s basketball team.

Guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15), the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, was a third-time selection as Academic All-GSC after averaging 17.9 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He was also named First Team All-GSC and All-South Region for the second consecutive season. Casey carries a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Forward Drew Hildreth (Cybersecurity ’16) earned his second consecutive spot on the Academic All-GSC team. Hildreth averaged 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game for the Bucs this season. He carries a 3.46 GPA.

Forward Charlie Oswald (Accounting ’17) joined them on the Academic All-GSC squad. Oswald averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, and he has a 3.60 GPA.

CBU placed a total of 14 players on the GSC Winter Academic Honor Roll, with nine men’s players and five women’s players representing CBU: Trey Casey, Dominic Fragale, Cody Garbuzinski, Ike Griffith, Drew Hildreth, Jack Hummel, Jeff Larkin, Ryan McArthy, Charlie Oswald, Mikaela Blissett, Rachel Lee, Taylor Pugh, Emily Reeves, and Breanna Ridgell.

To be nominated for the Academic All-GSC Team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be starters or significant contributors to the team. Freshmen and first-semester transfers are ineligible. SID’s and FAR’s of GSC member schools conduct a joint vote to select the winners. The Academic Honor Roll comprises all players who carry at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and participate in at least one game, match or meet against outside competition.

Return to Lender

returntolenderReturn to lender, your books on loan.
Bring back those items, to their library home.

In May 2015, Plough Library will switch over to a new and improved library system!

We need your help with this process. Please return ALL of your checked out items to us by Monday, May 11 (the last day of finals). This invitation is especially intended for any faculty who have library books you’ve forgotten about in your office or home.

Questions? Call (901) 321-3432 or email library@cbu.edu.


Chris Oxford (Religion & Philosophy ’15) has been accepted to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Bev Vitali (Management) has been selected as the recipient of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region III Excellence in Advising – Faculty Role Award for the state of Tennessee. The award will be presented during the NACADA Region III Conference on April 14, 2015, in Covington, KY.


The CBU ASCE Student Chapter traveled to Oxford, MS to compete against 13 other universities during the 2015 ASCE Deep South Conference, hosted by the University of Mississippi on March 19-21. The CBU ASCE student chapter placed third in the surveying competition. The surveying team (pictured above, l-r) consisted of Austin Feathers, Kolbie Seay, and Robert Tworek (Christine Moore is not pictured). Other Civil Engineering students attending and competing in the conference included Reggie Raney, Jaemi Guieb, Lauren Harrett, Eric Rodriguez, Mobarak Alsulaiman, Georgina Johns, Ana Rodriguez, Jodie Crocker, Ibrahim Chum, Jacob McNamara, Grey Peevy, Blake Amato, Brennon Clement, Orlando Femat, Omar Almutairi, and Mitch Bourgeois. The students were accompanied by Dr. Andrew Assadollahi and Mr. Gene McGinnis. Dr. Louie Lin also visited during Saturday’s competition.

Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) was selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to the Reese’s Division II East-West All-Star Game, and was also named to the NABC and Daktronics All-South Region Teams. Casey is the fourth CBU basketball player to play in the Reese’s All-Star Game, which is played annually as part of the Division II Elite Eight. This year’s game was played March 27 at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN, the night before the national championship game. Casey was one of four GSC players selected to the NABC All-South Region First Team, and he was one of two GSC players named Second Team Daktronics All-South Region.

Nate Celeski (History ’15) has been accepted by the following law schools: Mississippi College, Mercer College, the University of Memphis, and the University of Mississippi. He has decided to attend the University of Mississippi.

Jessica Hefner (Psychology ’15) has been accepted by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

An article by Dr. Karl Leib (History & Political Science), entitled “State Sovereignty in Space: Current Models and Possible Futures,” has been published in the journal Astropolitics.

mcginnisKatherine McGinnis (Civil Engineering ’10) has been recognized as a Professional Engineer by the Tennessee  Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners. Currently, she is the Operations District Supervisor for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Construction Office in Covington, TN where she supervises inspectors on various jobs including the Canada Road interchange in Lakeland. While Katherine was a civil engineering major at CBU, she interned with the Pickering Firm, Allen & Hoshall, and Airfield Etc. Inc. After graduation she worked as an Operations Specialist with TDOT in Nashville. She then moved back to Memphis and worked for ETI Corp before her current position with TDOT in Covington.

The Alpha Beta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. traveled to Tulsa for their 63rd Southwestern Regional Leadership Conference on March 26-29 and won eight awards. The chapter was recognized with the Social Action AwardMission Possible Silver LevelAdopt-a-School Initiative, and the Outstanding Model Chapter of the Year Level 3 (for chapters with membership between 5 and 11). Ian A. Boyd (English ’15) won the John T. Thornton Collegiate Bigger & Better Businessman Award, and Samuel Tope-Ojo (Business Administration ’17) won the Debate Competition and was awarded the Distinguished Service Chapter Scholarship and My Brother’s Keeper Scholarship.


CBU in the Media

memphiscommercialappealThe Commercial Appeal published an article entitled “Success Story: Anonymous donor’s gift allows Christian Brothers University to fund immigrant students’ scholarships” in its March 27 edition that covered CBU’s Latino Success Scholarships. The article featured Mariana Hernandez (Business Administration ’17) and also quoted Wendy Sumner-Winter (Advancement) and pictured Cindy Pena (Business Administration ’17). (For those without digital access to The Commercial Appeal, click here for a PDF version of the full article.)

Study Abroad Information Meeting

Studying abroad is a remarkable opportunity for college students.
It’s a chance to not only earn college credit, but to make lifelong friends, strengthen language skills, and see the world from a different perspective. Studying abroad also looks good to prospective employers when seeking a job. Students will develop lifelong skills and grow as a person.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and all interested, come to find out details about what CBU has to offer  at our meeting on April 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Buckman Hall 357. Join us for pizza, cookies, and soft drinks. Meet professors, previous travelers, and ask questions. Travel study trips next year will be Spain, France, and Belgium. Information on semester destinations in 18 countries across five continents will also be available. Come for a while or just pop in!

For more information on studying abroad and upcoming trips, visit www.cbu.edu/studyabroad.

News from the Registrar

Spring Final Exam Schedule for DAY Undergraduates Now Available
Exams are scheduled Wednesday, May 6 through Monday, May 11 (including Saturday, May 9).

Upcoming Important Dates on the Academic Calendar
• March 26, 2015: Last Day to Withdraw from the 16-week Spring Session
• April 17, 2015: Last Day to Withdraw from the Second Spring 8-week Session

Fall 2015 Registration is just around the corner!
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

The Fall Course Schedule is available on the Web. Act now!
1. Contact your advisor now to set up an appointment. Note: CBU is closed April 2-6, so freshmen need to be sure to schedule their advising appointments to occur before April 2.

  • Undergraduate DAY and CAPS students meet with their advisor to receive their alternate PIN.
  • Graduate students have their alternate PIN always available in BannerWeb on the ALT PIN page.
  • Tip for Undergraduates: Once you register for the first course, your alternate PIN will become available in BannerWeb on the ALT PIN page.

2. Look at the courses on Fall 2015 schedule. Click on the CRN# of the course to find the prereqs, restrictions, etc.
3. Check BannerWeb to see if you have any holds. Take care of these now so you will be able to register on time. Check often as holds are dynamically added for missed payments, etc.
4. Make sure any special permissions including registration overrides are in place. These are only given by the department chair offering the course. Note: CAPS courses (designated by CP) are only open to CAPS students.
5. Remember to use DegreeWorks (located inside BannerWeb) where you can track your progress toward degree completion, find your advisor, shoot them an email, and much more! DegreeWorks is updated nightly.
6. Check the Academic Calendar for add/drop and withdrawal deadlines for specific terms or semesters.
7. If you receive a registration error, be sure to write down the error and contact your advisor. This will help them in troubleshooting the issue.
8. All returning students should be registered for Fall 2015 courses before the close of the spring semester.


Matthew Billings (Civil Engineering ’15) has been accepted as a Lasallian Volunteer for the 2015-16 year, following his graduation in May. Congratulations, Matt!

Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) was named to the All-GSC First Team for the second year in a row. The Capital One Academic All-America Player of the Year averagesd 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game for the Bucs. He holds the school record with 199 career steals, ranks sixth with 208 career three-pointers and 15th with 1,462 career points. He ranks sixth in the nation in minutes per game, 16th in three-point percentage, 17th in steals per game, 20th in steals, 71st in points per game, and 74th in three-pointers per game.

Wesley Goodnight
(Civil Engineering ’02) was recognized as ASCE Featured Engineer by the American Society of Civil Engineers (West TN Branch) and the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council at the 2015 Engineers Week Luncheon on February 25.  Upon graduation from CBU, he became a staff geotechnical project manager for Golder Associates, Inc. in Houston. At Golder, Wesley traveled to several different countries within South and Central America and Africa including Trinidad, Bahamas, Mexico, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Cameroon, and Angola, where he was onsite drilling manager in charge of drilling and testing operations during the geotechnical phase for construction of new LNG/LPG plants.  Back to Memphis, he is a project manager in the engineering services division of the EnSafe Inc. where her Wesley now manages UST (petroleum) and Drycleaner (chlorinated solvents) investigation and remediation sites and designs groundwater and soil treatment systems to remediate sites all over the Mid-South. Wesley is the Past-President of the ASCE West TN Branch, and is active within the ASCE TN Section, SAME, MJEC, CANstruction (his favorite), and MathCounts.

Cori Hudlet (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and became an “Engineer Intern” on February 28. Cori is also a member of Tau Beta Pi the engineering honor society.

Lady Buc guard Rachel Lee (Accounting ’18) was named Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week for the final week of the regular season. Lee scored 15 points with four rebounds and two assists against Union University, going 5-of-7 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from three-point range.

Lynda Miller (Biology) recently submitted a final report entitled “Sampling and Assessment of the Habitat and Fish and Macroinvertebrate Communities at Cypress Creek, Shelby and Fayette County, Tennessee” to the State of Tennessee West Tennessee River Basin Authority, the result of a $14,000 grant she received in the fall of 2014.  Austyn Harriman (Ecology ’16) and Daniel Schenck (Ecology ’17) also worked on the project and will be getting credit for their senior research from it and presenting it at the meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science in April at the University of Memphis.

NiedzwiedzFrank Niedzwiedz (Electrical Engineering ’82) was named the 2015 Featured Engineer by IEEE (Memphis Section) and the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council at the 2015 Engineers Week Luncheon on February 25. He is a founding partner of R&N Systems Design, a local consulting firm designing highly integrated security systems in jails, prisons, and courthouses. Frank is licensed as a professional engineer in over 30 states and is active in STEM outreach to elementary students and is the Tournament Director for the First Lego League West Tennessee Championship (fll.memphisfirstteams.org).

Lady Buc guard Breanna Ridgell (Psychology ’15) was named to the All-GSC Second Team. Ridgell averaged 17.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game for the Lady Bucs this season. She broke CBU’s career records with 1,553 points, 610 field goals made, 1,525 field goals attempted, 200 steals and a 78.9 percent free throw percentage. She ranks third in the GSC and 58th in the nation in scoring this season.

Alecia Stewart (Biochemistry ’13) has been accepted into the Master of Biomedical Sciences program at Liberty University for the Fall of 2015, and will start osteopathic medical school there in Fall 2016.

Nikki Story (Natural Science ’14) has been accepted to the Master’s Program in Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She will be starting in January 2016.

CBU’s Epsilon Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi won first place for its outstanding participation in Buck$ 4 Brotherhood, a national fundraiser for Delta Sigma Pi’s scholarship program, at the Fraternity’s annual LEAD Southern Provincial Conference recently in Birmingham. The fundraiser encourages every chapter to collect and donate as many can tabs as possible for every conference as their national community service. All can tabs are later given to Ronald McDonald House Charities which supports families with sick children. Epsilon Psi attained first place for collecting the most can tabs — 39.6 lbs., defeating their closest competitor, the University of Central Florida, by 4 ounces. Epsilon Psi is now collecting tabs for the fall semester and they can be dropped off at the School of Business in the Dean’s Suite (Buckman Hall 334).

News at CBU

Congratulations to Carol Nadicksbernd (Physical Plant) for submitting the winning name for CBU’s  Healthy Initiative Program to help promote a healthy lifestyle amongst faculty and staff on campus. You’ll notice that Carol is also sporting her new Fitbit, the prize for winning the contest. The new program is part of 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. So c’mon, CBU… BUC UP FOR FITNESS!

Intramural Soccer and Softball sign ups are up! Sign up today at imleague.com/cbuFree agents and team signups are welcome. The two seasons will be held from March 23 through April 22, and games are planned to be played at the Kroc Center. Also if you are interested in officiating any of these upcoming sports contact Earnest Spiller at espiller@cbu.edu.  Applications are still being accepted for students interested in becoming an Intramural Commissioner! For more info on this position and how to apply click here.


Members of the CBU Honors Program traveled to New York City for spring break. And where do nerds go when they are in the Big Apple? The library, of course! Pictured above in front of the New York Public Library in Manhattan are Dr. Teri MasonMeghan HuttonCaitlin TerryJeni DavidsonRaKesha GrayAli CrispHannah SchultzTiffany Corkran, and Emily Cross. Also on the trip were Dr. Tracie Burke and Dr. Maureen O’Brien. The group visited the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Chinatown, the Highline, Fifth Avenue, and Central Park. They stopped at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and lit a candle to St. John Baptist de La Salle and took in the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera. It was definitely a spring break to remember! #NerdsTakeNY

The Barret School of Banking, housed on the CBU campus, recently received an endorsement from the independent Community Bankers of America, which is the “voice for more than 6,500 community banks,” to provide new educational opportunities for the nation’s community bankers. “We have been aligned with the community banking industry for more than 40 years, and the affiliation with ICBA confirms this ongoing commitment,” Barret executive director Chris Kelley (MBA ’06) said. “The banking landscape continues to change, and that’s why collaborating on advocacy and education with an industry leader such as ICBA is a necessity. We are very pleased to be endorsed by the national trade association for community banks.”


Two graduate students in the University of MemphisDepartment of Anthropology, Jenessa Gebers (CBU Psychology ’11) and Taylor Arnold, are collaborating with the internationally acclaimed organization Partners In Health Engage to screen Beyond Babyland, an award-winning documentary by local filmmakers David Appleby and Craig Leake exploring the staggering infant mortality rate in Memphis, and host a panel discussion including luminaries such as Dr. Michelle Taylor (head of the Shelby County Health Department’s Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative), Dr. Linda Moses (Director of the Blues Project), Dr. Kathryn Hicks (UofM Department of Anthropology), and Ace Madjlesi (Associate Director of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center). the screening and discussion will take place on Saturday, March 21 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library Conference Room A, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

CBU is proud to once again host the Cup of Nations on April 18, an event where local businesses and individuals join together to honor our city’s diversity and find common ground through a love of sports. The main event is an internationally inclusive adult men’s soccer tournament that features eight local men’s amateur teams representing their respective ethnic cultures. The Memphis Cup also includes a free festival to give family and friends a fun place to eat, play, and watch the games. All players of all nationalities are invited to compete for the Cup. Cost is $100 per 10-person team, and everyone is welcome to watch the matches and enjoy the festival without admission charges. Further information and team registration is available online at cupofnationsmemphis.com 

Casey Named Academic All-American Player of the Year

CBU senior guard Trey Casey has been named the Capital One Academic All-America Men’s Basketball Player of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This is his second consecutive year being named a First Team Academic All-American.

Casey, a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of La Salle High School, is averaging 18.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Bucs while carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA in Business Administration. He was First Team All-GSC last year and GSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player as a sophomore, when he led the Bucs to the GSC championship. Casey ranks 16th on CBU’s all-time scoring list with 1,441 points, and his 197 career steals are a school record. His 206 three-pointers are sixth in school history, and his 42.5 percent three-point percentage is fourth in school history.

Casey is CBU’s first Academic All-America Player of the Year, and his First Team Academic All-America selection is the school’s third, joining Jennifer Kett, who won the award in 2003 in women’s soccer, as well as his own selection last season. Softball player Jenny Barnard was a Second Team Academic All-American in 2006, and baseball player John Raymond Hehn was Third Team Academic All-American in 2006.

Have Any Plans for the End of the School Year?

How about studying abroad?
In May 2015, study international finance or global studies (an approved General Education Requirement) in London and Paris. Enjoy the bohemian artists in the Latin Quarter, visit popular and historical sites like Big Ben or Arc De Tromphe, shop at the Galeries Lafayette, and even have fun at the Piccadilly Circus. It does not have to end there! There is so much to see and do, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Study Aboard has numerous opportunities to cut down on cost, including several $500 stipends for students traveling abroad this year. If you get a stipend, then you can reduce the cost to $1,950; recruit another student and get another $200 off. So now you pay $1,750 for a fabulous study trip in two magnificent locations. Students who want to study abroad are encouraged to come to the study abroad office and work out a payment plan.

For more information on the London Paris trip or ways to reduce cost, visit www.cbu.edu/studyabroad.

For the scholarship application visit www.cbu.edu/study-abroad-scholarships.


Emi Abutineh (Biology ’15) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Sarah Langsdon (Natural Science ’15) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Buccaneer forward Sidy Sall (Business Administration ’15) was named Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for the week of February 9-15. Sall scored 19 points with 15 rebounds against West Florida, and he followed with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks against Valdosta State.