News at CBU

The Beverly and Sam Ross Studio Glass Collection at CBU is featured in an article in the current issue of Glass Quarterly. GLASS Quarterly is an art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. Entitled “In Perpetuity,” the article by William Ganis discusses gifts of glass collections to major art museums across the country. CBU is the only university collection included in the survey. Click here for a PDF of the full article.

GRANT FOR ENGINEERING:  CBU received a $14,477 grant from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners, as announced by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance on April 27. The grant was awarded to the School of Engineering to be utilized to purchase a horizontal band saw, materials testing equipment, a glass digital temperature controller, microprocessor stations, and flowmeters.

ARCHBISHOP SPEAKS AT CBU: CBU hosted the 2015 Lumen Civitatis Speaker Series on April 28, featuring Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a key contributor to the magisteriums of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Archbishop Di Noia spoke on the legacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Di Noia is pictured below with CBU President John Smarrelli and Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut.


Welcome, New CARLs!

Academic Services wants to congratulate the following students for being selected as CBU Advising Registration Leaders CARLs for Summer 2015: Peter Bursi, Jazmin Castillo, Jasmine Cole, Brennan Clement, Jennifer Davidson, Ken Guy, Darrah Hall, Meghan Hutton, Benjamin Keuter, Hailey McKinney, Garrett Mitchell, Caroline Montague, Christie Moore, Sam Packard, Damini Patel, Prakruthi Phaniraj, Meg Pitts, Payton Powers, Jesus-Angel Rodriguez, Sean Rowland, Natalie Sterling, Shane Talley, Ryan Tomlinson, Felicia Williams, and Anne Youngblood.

Dr. Kelli Hefner says “This was the most difficult decision (and I’ve been doing this for five years) because of the strong applicants.”

Founder’s Week Celebration

CBU Community (administration, faculty, staff and students), thank you to all for making Founder’s Week a fine experience as we honored our legacy and celebrated our Lasallian  Heritage with a spirit of Faith and Zeal, looking forward  to future advancements in the spirit of hope and excitement! A special thank you to our Lasallian Collegians, Campus Ministry Team, and the Administration of CBU ensuring a successful Founder’s Week!

— Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut
Director of Mission

Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut (Director of Mission; left) and President John Smarrelli join Brother Mark Gubbels and Brother Joel Baumeyer, who renewed their vows as Christian Brothers as part of the Founder’s Day Celebration and Community Update for faculty and staff on April 9.

CBU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administration all got together at CBU Family Night at the Redbirds on April 10 for an evening of food, fun, fellowship, and baseball. More photos available at the CBU Flicker site »» 

CBU Athletics celebrated its legacy as a part of Founder’s Week by inducting its newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame at an banquet on April 11. Pictured above is the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 (l-r) Bill Bintz (Basketball ’73), Taneisha Lenon (Basketball ’00), Leon Haag (Basketball ’60), Kenny Greene (Baseball ’84), and Charlie Leonard (Basketball ’75, Coach ’90-97). The Bob Stephenson Service Award was presented to Ed Murphy (’85) to recognize his long-standing service to CBU athletics and student athletes. More photos available at the CBU Flicker site »» 

Central Avenue Gate Closure

In an effort to better utilize the University’s resources and to further enhance safety on campus, the Central Parking Lot gate will be closed daily at 12:30 a.m. and reopen at 6:00 a.m. This will allow the Guard normally posted at the Central Gate to do patrols around campus in conjunction with our police officers on duty.

Students and visitors requiring access to campus during  the gate closure times are encouraged to use the East Parkway entrance. Parking for visitors during this time will be provided in the Visitors Lot adjacent to Barry Hall and St. Joseph Hall. Parking at this location will only be authorized for the hours between 12:30 and 6:00 a.m.

Any faculty, staff or students needing to exit the Central Lot during the hours of the gate closure are asked to call Campus Safety at (901) 321-3550. An officer will meet you to open the gate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Campus Police and Safety at or call (901) 321-3550.

News at CBU

allison_weskeThe Memphis Point Gymnastics Academy sends its thanks to CBU for hosting its meet last weekend in Canale Arena: “Thanks to Kristie Rosenblum for her ‘awesomeness’ in meeting our every single desire and need and to her staff! Thanks to Ray Karasek for helping to make this event happen! A special thanks to Philip Yelvington for getting yanked out of bed to make the gym cold for us!  A special thanks to Steve Ritter and Aramark for the food and maintenance! A special thanks to all CBU employees who had a hand in this wonderful event! The meet was a success and CBU’s hospitality was tremendous! The compliments from the coaches, judges, and gymnasts were abundant.”
Pictured at left is Allison Weske, oldest daughter of Dr. Jennifer Weske (Accounting). 

In partnership with the Humane Society of the U.S., the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization, Aramark has announced that it will expand its cage-free egg commitment to include all company purchases of liquid, pre-cracked eggs in the U.S. by 2020, or sooner if supplies become available. The company has already helped hundreds of its client partners purchase liquid cage-free eggs over the past several years in advance of moving to entirely cage-free liquid eggs. Aramark also buys virtually all of its shell eggs from cage-free sources today and will complete that transition by the end of this year.

Maybe you’ve already noticed the little wooden “house” outside St. Joseph Hall. No, it’s not a birdhouse (Stephen Kirkpatrick)… It’s CBU’s new “Little Free Library.” If you’re not familiar with the Little Free Library movement, it’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. CBU’s Little Free Library is the brainchild of Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Science), who has already stocked it and is in the process of registering it with the international organization. By the way, our Little Free Library is the 15th one in Memphis — check out the map of all locations around the world. So, go ahead, take a book, CBU. (And don’t forget to return a book.)


The CBU Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, inducted 14 new members Sunday, March 22. At the ceremony, past-president Danielle Hobbs (left, Psychology ’13) was the guest speaker and helped welcome inductees (from left) Lauren DahlkeMichelle GrossKayla MartinSean RowlandBaraka DouglasJessica HefnerRebecca HallPatrick Woody, and James Rogers (not pictured: Jazmyn Broady, Zarisa Parkey, Andrea Perez-Munoz, Gabriela Quiroz, and Mary Margaret Vollmar). Conducting the ritual of induction were current officers (back row from left) Lauren HutchisonCaitlin ConeyAnna LileyKatelynn Hicks, and Dr. Maureen O’Brien (Psi Chi advisor). Also in attendance were Dr. Tracie Burke and Dr. Jeff Sable. Congratulations new members!


The CBU Honors Program joined the Memphis River Warriors and Bridges on Saturday, March 21 for a McKellar Lake cleanup. Dominating the trash were Trey McGinnis, Shanice Oliver, Clare Sauser, Caitlin ReversJodi Woody, and Dr. Tracie Burke. The next Memphis River Warrior cleanup is April 18 — check their Facebook page for details.


Eight CBU students participated in the Memphis Innovation Boot Camp on March 20, which allowed students to form teams across institutional lines in order to work on an innovation task with other students from colleges and universities in Memphis that are interested in entrepreneurism. Pictured above are (l-r) Amber Jones, Jahleel Nelson, Jonathan Mosley, Kiran Ashok, Michael MacMiller, Maya Freeman, Abdunnoor Karim, Amy Ware (Career Services), and Meetal Parag.

Prayer Request

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul announced on its website March 4 that “several colleagues,” along with “women and children,” were kidnapped in the province of Hassakeh in northeastern Syria. The Society has been unable to confirm the number of its members abducted, as well as where they are being held.

“We’re waiting for news,” Helene Afriat, communications officer for the International Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, told Catholic News Service on March 13. She also said the Society has not been able to verify or confirm reports that those kidnapped were being threatened with decapitation and their children were being held in cages.

“Given that human lives are threatened, we are exercising great caution in matters of information, and we will only communicate proven facts, so as not to present any additional threat to the lives of these people who are being held hostage,” she emphasized. She said due to the numerous abductions of Christians in Syria by Islamic State militants in recent weeks, the Society presumed its members were also abducted by Islamic State, but this information had yet to be confirmed.

The Society is asking for prayers for the safe return of those who have been adducted.

Welcome Lewis University Students and Staff!

Welcome to the Lewis University — our sister Lasallian University — faculty, staff and students who are traveling while on Spring Break to Memphis and then on to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama! Four students and three members of the staff will join us Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week as part of a Social Justice group that is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Lewis students and faculty/staff will  be hosted by the Lasallian Collegians and the De La Salle Christian Brothers living on campus at Lambert Hall. Welcome to the Lewis Flyers!

Rice Bowl Project

ricebowlPeer Ministers and Campus Ministry are teaming up to raise money for Catholic Relief Services via the Rice Bowl project. Each student organization will be given a couple of Rice Bowls to fill with change throughout the Lenten Season. Collection of the money each week will be Friday night. The organization with the most money raised each week will be announced in the weekly edition of the Connection as well as on the TVs in the Alfonso Dining Hall and the Buc and social media sites. If your organization would like to be involved, contact Matt Winemiller at or Lauren Harrett at Rice Bowls can be picked up from Matt Winemiller or from Brother Tom Sullivan in Campus Ministry.

What is Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl? Forty years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to the famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting, and almsgiving? The answer was YES — and it came in the form of a small cardboard box. Forty years later, it still does. And now there’s an app for that too! Check out the CRS Rice Bowl App to get more involved: Android» Apple»


Bouquets of Hope

Students from the CBU Nursing Program have been helping Catholic Charities of West Tennessee with a project called Bouquets of Hope, wherein flowers donated from events are repurposed to be delivered to nursing homes. Nursing students assisted in devising a flower-drying system, and the results were given to hard-to-employ Catholic Charities along with glue guns and ribbons, and they began to make beautiful, handcrafted ornaments, wreaths, and potpourri. Floral arrangements from just one wedding, funeral, corporate function, or special event can provide over 40 smiles in bouquet form to appreciative recipients. Each repurposed bouquet is as unique as the volunteer or client who made it and is guaranteed to brighten someone’s day.  Donations to support the Bouquets of Hope project are being accepted through a GoFundMe fundraiser

A Valentine for Ms. Sadie

Honors Program students Payton Powers and Rachel Depperschmidt ask Ms. Sadie to be their Valentine. From February to April, students in the the CBU Honors Program participate in the program’s Deliberate Acts of Kindness (DAK) project. A different student each day performs a Deliberate Act of Kindness for another person (or persons) at CBU or in the community. Since Payton Powers‘ and Rachel Depperschmidt‘s DAKs were on corresponding days just before Valentine’s, they decided to work together to ask Ms. Sadie Lisenby, CBU’s beloved Director of Counseling, to be their Valentine. To do so, they made posters, bought flowers and candy, and recruited other members of the Honors Program to help them by participating in a flash mob dance. After all this, Payton and Rachel were so happy when Ms. Sadie said YES! Thank you, Ms. Sadie, for all you do for ALL our CBU students, faculty, and staff.

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CBU Selected as One of “10 to Watch”

CBU has been selected by the Greater Memphis Chamber as one of its “10 to Watch” in 2015. The Chamber has recognized 10 companies and organizations who stood out in 2014 for their leadership in the community, whether that be through driving the local economy, inspiring innovation or embracing change.

“CBU is honored to be among such esteemed company and to be recognized by the Chamber for our efforts in the community,” said Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., president of CBU.

“These 10 Memphis businesses were chosen for the tremendous accomplishments they made in 2014 and the promise of what’s yet to come,” said Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber. “The Chamber proudly recognizes these members for the jobs and talent they bring to Memphis, and we look forward to their future success.”

“We have a 144-year history of providing exceptionally educated, creative and innovative graduates to the Memphis marketplace and economy,” Smarrelli said. “And we are confident that our efforts to reach even deeper into the community through our partnerships with Shelby County Schools with Middle College High School and the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, along with the new CBHS STEMM CoLaB, will strengthen the city’s educational foundation and pay rich dividends as our children become better prepared for both college and the growing technological demands on our workforce.

“This investment in the future is in keeping with our Lasallian heritage, an extension of the Christian Brothers’ mission to provide an education to young people, especially to the disadvantaged, and thus to build better communities and a better society. We certainly hope everyone will watch CBU this year, but more importantly we hope that everyone will watch our younger generation step up, prepared to make Memphis a more equitable, progressive, and prosperous city.”

Below are the Chamber’s selections as the top 10 to Watch in 2015 (in alphabetical order):
1.  Caissa Public Strategy
2. Christian Brothers University
3.  Kemmons Wilson Inc.
4.  MicroPort Orthopedics
5.  MC Ionic Solutions
6.  Restaurant Iris/Second Line
7.  Southern Airways Express
8.  Sweet Potato Baby
9.  University of Memphis
10. Wingstop

Read more about these companies in the Memphis Crossroads Digital Magazine, which will be available on March 1, 2015.

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!

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.


Thanks from the Angels

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

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

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

Campus Ministry thanks everyone at CBU for sharing our mission!

CBU in the Media

The Commercial Appeal published a guest commentary by President John Smarrelli Jr. in its January 25 edition entitled “‘Tennessee Promise’ is not that promising.” In discussing Gov. Haslam’s “Tennessee Promise” program for free community college tuition and President Obama’s endorsement of a nationally expanded version, Dr. Smarrelli points out that “When ‘free’ community college is available, high school guidance counselors are inadvertently, but invariably, pressured to direct graduating seniors to these options and away from traditional four-year institutions.” and goes on to conclude that “[W]e take issue with any proposal, however well-meaning, that would privilege a community college degree and prematurely remove a four-year degree from consideration.” 

For those without access to The Commercial Appeal’s online edition, please click here for a PDF version of Dr. Smarrelli’s commentary.

Career Services Calendar

Tuesday, January 27: Career Power Hour – Job Search Strategies (Buckman Hall102, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) There are all kinds of ways to go about finding a job.  Learn some of the strategies that you may not have considered, and how they might best fit into your own job search plans.  Join us!
Thursday, January 29: Pizza & Professionals: The Exchange Club (Buckman Hall 102, 12:30 – 1:30 pm)

Tuesday, February 3: Career Power Hour – Resume Writing (Buckman Hall 102, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) Whether you’re starting a resume from scratch, tweaking one that you’ve been using for years, or anywhere in between, this workshop can help!  Join us to learn some of the fine points of resume writing, what to include (and not to include), as well as tips on cover letters and references.  Be there!
Wednesday, February 4: Mock Interview Day  (Buckman Hall 207, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Whether you’re a “rookie” w hen it comes to job interviews, or whether you’ve been on several, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your skills.  This is your chance to interview with a professional recruiter from such companies as ServiceMaster, CBRE, CBIZ, and others, and then get immediate feedback on your interviewing skills.  This is just for practice, so it’s great way to shake the nerves and brush up on your skills before the real thing!  This opportunity only comes around once semester…so don’t miss out!  Sign up begins on January 21st.  Advanced Sign-Up Required
Thursday, February 5: Practice Test Drive: LSAT and MCAT (Buckman Hall, 1:00-4:30 p.m.) Advanced Sign-Up Required
Friday, February 6: Kaplan Campus Visit – Sample Tests, Questions, Test Review
(Buckman Hall 208, 1:00-3:00 p.m.)

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.

Faculty & Staff: Sign up for Online W-2

CBU is pleased to announce that employees and former employees can access W-2 tax forms securely online. 2014 forms will be available by January 31.

Employees who consent to receive Form W-2 online will not receive a paper copy. This will apply to W-2 forms for the current calendar year and all future years. Employees who do not consent will continue to receive a paper copy of the W-2.

An employee who chooses to receive Form W-2 online can also request a paper copy by contacting the Payroll Office at (901) 321-3383 or Request for a paper copy does not withdraw the employee’s consent for electronic delivery of future W-2 statements.

Consent may be withdrawn by sending an email or other written notice to If consent is withdrawn, it will only be effective for W-2 statements not yet issued.

Benefits of receiving an electronic W-2 Statement

  • Earlier access to the Form W-2.
  • No possibility an employee’s Form W-2 might be lost, stolen, or delayed in the mail.
  • Access is available at the same easy-to-use, secure web site at which an employee can access wage and general account information any time, any day.
  • Multiple levels of security, including the employee’s ID number and personally chosen PIN number, protect all information within the BannerWeb System

Instructions to Access Your Form W-2 

  • Once you consent to receiving your W-2 electronically, you may access it by completing the following steps:
  • Go to
  • Click “continue”
  • Enter your ID number and PIN number.
  • Click on “Employee Services” then choose “Tax Forms” and then “W-2 Year End Earnings Statement.” The first time you log in you will be prompted to consent to view the  electronic version W-2.
  • Select the tax year for the W-2 you wish to access.

For assistance with your username and PIN assignment contact the IT Help Desk at (901) 321-4438 or

Student Organization News

The CBU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers would like to announce its officers for 2015: Kolbie Seay,  President; Reggie Raney, Vice President Internal; Jamie Guieb, Vice President External; Yuliana Luna, Secretary; Robert Tworek, Treasurer; Georgina Johns, Social Chair; Christie Moore, Fundraising Chair; Brennan Clement, Intramural Chair; Dr. Andrew Assadollahi, Concrete Canoe/Steel Bridge Faculty Advisor;  and Mr. Gene McGinnis, Chief Faculty Advisor.

The Tennessee Delta chapter of Tau Beta Pi recently elected their officers for 2015.  They include: Becky Wauford, President; Jose Oliva, Vice President; Mikayla Ortner, Corresponding Secretary; Camilla Rodrigues, Recording Secretary; and Gabrielle Sereika, Treasurer.  Mr. Gene McGinnis is the Chief Faculty Advisor.

CBU in the Media

A January 12 article in The Commercial Appeal entitled “CBU enrollment gets boost from Kuwaiti students” covered 38 new students from Kuwait as part of a scholarship program through the  Kuwait Cultural Ministry. Among those quoted in the article were President John Smarrelli and Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Engineering).

CBU’s partnership in the SaveFirst tax preparation program (see above) was covered in two January 14 television news broadcasts — on WREG Channel 3 with a report entitled “Free tax preparation offered to low-income families” and on WMC-TV Channel 5 with a report entitled “Tax preparation services to be offered free to low-income families.”

Stipends Available for London-Paris Trip!

Classes TBA begin after Spring Break. Register Now.

See the world in a new light by studying abroad. Study in London and Paris in May 2015 and broaden your horizons. Take courses in International Finance: Fin 473 and Global Studies: GS 300, regular and honors, and experience the international life. Many amazing sights in London and Paris include Buckingham Palace, House of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, and more. You may even spot the royal family. In Paris visit the Eiffel tower, shop at Galleries Lafayette, stroll the Champs Elysees, see Mona Lisa at the Louvre and learn about international finance and global issues. Experience the world for yourself, as it will have great advantages in life. Study abroad now has several $500 dollar stipends for qualified students who are traveling abroad this year.

So you want to go on the London Paris trip? Now what?

1. Pay $300 to Business office by January 27 to reserve your spot, 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. (901) 321-3264, Buckman Hall 342 or 346.

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.


CBU Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015

The Christian Brothers University Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2015. This year’s five inductees will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet Friday night, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $45 each, and a table of eight is $360.

Bill Bintz (’73) starred in basketball from 1969 to 1973. He played in 87 games, scoring 1,202 points. He averaged more than 17 points per game in his final two seasons. He led CBU to four straight winning records, including a 19-7 mark as a senior.
Kenny Greene (’84) starred in baseball from 1980 to 1983. In 154 games, he hit .325 with 40 home runs and 150 runs batted in, both school records at the time. His 40 homers are still the CBU career record, and he still ranks second in career RBI.
Leon Haag (’60) starred in basketball from 1957 to 1960. He played in 82 games, scoring 603 career points. More importantly, he led the teams to three straight 20-win seasons, including 21-7 records, NAIA District 27 championships and National Tournament appearances in his final two seasons.
Taneisha Lenon (’00) starred in basketball from 1996 to 2000. In 88 games, she scored 1,389 points with 190 steals, both school records at the time. She still holds the career record for steals, and she is second on the career scoring list.
Charlie Leonard coached the CBU basketball team from 1990 to 1997, finishing with 127 wins, including six straight winning records and three straight 20-win seasons. Leonard also played for the Bucs from 1971 to 1975, scoring 823 points with 676 rebounds in 88 career games. He ranks 12th in career rebounds.

For more information on the banquet, please contact Brian Summers at (901) 321-3370 or


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


Renovated Maurelian Lounge Reopens

The Maurelian Hall Lounge is now open after a new renovation.
With walls painted in school colors, matching carpet and floors, the lounge is a modern hang-out and study haven for students. Plush leather couches, a bar-styled area, a plug-in area for laptops, tablets and cell phones are just a few of the upgrades to the lounge. There is also a moveable study carrel area that is perfectly customizable for individual or group study sessions. There is also a mounted 60-inch television in the lounge that will be great for group TV watching, gaming systems, and more!

To celebrate the opening of the renovation, Student Life is hosting a college football playoff watch party in the lounge on Monday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. There will be FREE food and a great opportunity to check out the new space and mingle.


MLK Remembrances at CBU

MARTIN LUTHER KING ORATORICAL CONTEST: The annual Martin Luther King Oratorical Contest will be held on Wednesday, January 14 in Spain Auditorium at 6:30 p.m., featuring 7th and 8th graders from De La Salle Elementary school. Students will give a three-minute speech on a theme of their choice. All participants will receive an award, with special recognition going to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Students will be judged on content, delivery, and how well the speech reflects the theme.


Dr. Christophe Ringer

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMEMORATION SERVICE: The MLK Commemoration Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, January 15 in Spain Auditorium at 1:00 p.m. The award-winning speech from the previous evening’s Oratorical Contest will be presented, as will special musical selections from CBU’s Divine Voices Gospel Choir and student Timothy Birchett. The speaker for the service will be Dr. Christophe Ringer, Visiting Professor of Religion & Philosophy at CBU and pastor of Howard Congregational (UCC) in Nashville. Dr. Ringer will address the theme of “Building a Loving and Non Violent Community.” The program is sponsored by Student Life, Campus Ministry, and the Black Student Association.

For more information on these events, please contact Karen Conway at or (901) 321-3536.