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The Student Government Association welcomed a special guest to the Tree Lighting Celebration in the Buckman Quad on December 4. Pictured above with Mr. Claus (center) are Burton Bridges (VP Senate), Samantha Almanza (SGA President), Maegan Lytle (Student Activities Council President), Jessie Wortham (VP Communications), and Ian Withrow (VP Programming). Pictured behind Santa is an unidentified elf.

Dr. Stan Eisen (Biology) and Christy Harwell Mostert (Natural Science '06) wrote an article entitled "Gender Differences in licit and Illicit Substance Abuse Reported by Incoming Freshman College Students,” which appeared in the November 2008 issue of Tennessee Medicine.
• For the second time in the season's first three weeks, Buccaneer senior center Nick Kohs has been named Gulf South Conference West Division Player of the Week, for the period ending December 3. Kohs averaged 28 points and 15.5 rebounds as he led the Bucs to a 2-0 week.
Elisa Marus (Communications & Marketing) graduated from the Leadership Memphis FastTrack Program on December 6. The program is an initiative for high-potential leaders who are determined to build a better Memphis. It includes experiential learning processes and exposes participants to local community leaders and organizations. It is offered to 50 participants in both the fall and spring semesters.
Dr. Mike Ryan (Advancement) spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Memphis on November 26, addressing the macro environment and changing demographic forces.
• Lady Buc sophomore midfielder Elin Svavarsdottir has been named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-America First Team. She is the first Lady Buc to earn First-Team All-America honors since Missy Gregg was the NSCAA National Player of the Year in 2002. Svavarsdottir finished fifth in the nation in goals with 22, and third in the nation in points with 52.

DOUBLE TROUBLE! SPRING PLAY AUDITIONS: If you enjoyed Disney's The Parent Trap or keep up with the Olsen twins, then you may be interested in trying out for a part in William Shakespeare's treatment of mistaken identity in CBU's Spring production of The Comedy of Errors, which deals with not one set of twins but two! Auditions will be Monday and Tuesday nights at 5:30 in the University Theater. If you feel brave enough to memorize a Shakespearean monologue, you will be given ample chance to orate. Two or more may present a scene as well. There will be additional readings available. Casting will be completed by the end of the week, so those with parts can begin to read their scripts over the holidays and be ready to begin rehearsal on January 12 for the February 27-March 1 performance dates. Rehearsal schedules will be available at auditions. Should you prefer your theatrical experience from backstage, please come to auditions as well to sign up for your chosen area of expertise and/or preference. If you have any questions, please contact the director, Linda Dinwiddie, at
COMMUTER STUDENT BREAKFAST: The Commuter Student Breakfast will be served on Wednesday, 8:45-10:15 a.m. in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center and under the breezeway of St. Joseph Hall and the Computer Center. Free food and coffee!
MANDATORY MEETING FOR RESIDENT SENIORS: A meeting for all seniors who are on-campus residents will be held Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Pertinent information regarding spring semester will be disseminated. Attendance is mandatory for all seniors living in on-campus housing.
A FALL & HOLIDAY CONCERT: The CB Singers, CBU's premier singing group, will continue their tradition of beginning the holiday season with a concert of lively holiday music on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theater. Tickets are $5 for general admission and free to CBU students, faculty and staff unless otherwise specified. Tickets will be sold at the door and seating is open. For additional information, please contact Tommy Gaines at
ADVENT RETREAT: The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is offering a morning of reflection for Advent featuring Father Joe Palermo on Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-noon. The theme for the morning is "High Hopes, the Season of Hope." The morning will include Mass at 8:00 a.m. followed by breakfast and the retreat. The free event is open to people from high school age to adult. Father Palermo is the Spiritual Director and Director of Spiritual Formation at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.
FACULTY & STAFF CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: The Brothers’ Community and the President cordially invite the CBU faculty and staff to the annual Christmas Celebration at the Brothers' home in Lambert Hall on Saturday at 7:00-9:00 p.m. RSVP to the Holiday Hotline at 321-3082 or and please include the number of guests who will be attending.

Meetings on campus with Candidate 2 on December 8 will observe the following schedule:

• 8:00-9:00 AM: Members of the Board of Trustees (Nelson Boardroom)
• 9:00-10:00: President's Cabinet (Board Room)
• 10:00-11:00: Academic Deans & Patrick Wilson (Boardroom)
• 11:00-11:45: Academic VP, SACS information (Dr. Frank Buscher's office)
• 12:00-1:15 PM: Lunch at Lambert Hall (Meeting with the Brothers)
• 1:20-2:30: Faculty (Spain Auditorium)
• 2:30-2:45: Break
• 2:45-3:20: Non Academic Deans & Directors (Spain Auditorium)
• 3:30-4:00: Staff (Spain Auditorium)
• 4:05-4:45: Student Leaders & Alumni Board (Sabbatini Lounge)

The President Search Committee is requesting that faculty and staff members complete an evaluation form on each candidate. Forms will be available at each meeting and are to be turned in to the President's office.

Students: This is the final week on the online course evaluation period. Evaluations end Friday, December 12. If you have not already completed all your evaluations, click here to do so online. . Students who complete ALL their evaluations will have a chance to win a $50 BEST BUY gift certificate!

Ellis H. Maupin Jr., uncle of Rick Maupin (Graduate & Professional Studies), passed away from cancer on November 30 in his Washington D.C. home. Funeral arrangements are not complete. Please keep the Maupin family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Rick at Campus Box T-5.

The Center for Ethical Leadership
held a free public forum entitled "Ethics in Question: The Future of Mortgage Lending" on December 3 in Spain Auditorium. Moderated by Joe Birch, news anchor for WMC-TV Channel 5, the forum feature guest panelists (l-r) Patricia Papachristou, CBU professor of economics; Elizabeth Robinson, senior vice president and counsel for First Horizon; Sapna Raj, managing attorney for the Memphis Fair Housing Center; and Michael Wiegart, vice president of Renasant Bank and president of the Mortgage Bankers Association. Dr Paul Haught, chair of the CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy, opened the program. A report on the forum also appeared in the December 5 edition of The Commercial Appeal.

The Center for Ethical Leadership is hosting a Tree Decorating Holiday Open House on Monday, December 15, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Buckman Hall, Suite 328. Got an ornament that is just too ugly to hang on your own tree? Did the cat climb the tree and break a few ornaments last year? No problem! Come hang your reject ornaments on the tree at the Center for Ethical Leadership and have some holiday refreshments while you’re there.

SGA Executive Council Meetings:
• Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Senate Chambers.
Senate Committee Meetings:
• Student Life Committee: Monday, December 8, at 5:00 p.m. in the Senate Chambers
• Campus Improvement Committee: Monday, December 8, at 5:00 p.m. in Cooper-Wilson 3rd Floor

• The ITS Help Desk and Computer Center will be closed on Sunday, December 21, open 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on December 22-23, and closed December 24 through January 4 for the Christmas holiday. The 24-hour Lab will be also be closed on those dates.
• Exam and holiday hours at Plough Library are available online.

A limited number of Flu Shots are still available in Health Resources for $15. Please contact Brenda Hill at 321-3260 to make an appointment or walk in between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

As we prepare for Christmas, for those who would like and who have the time, there will be prayer at noon each day in St. Joseph Chapel in Barry Hall. Everyone is welcome.
• Monday: Rosary
• Tuesday: Gospel Reflection
• Wednesday: Rosary
• Thursday: Gospel Reflection
• Friday: Gospel Reflection for Sunday.

Please bring shoes to the drop-off centers in each of the Schools – Arts, Business, Engineering, and Science. Shoes will be sent to those throughout the Caribbean Islands, Central America, the Gulf Coast, and our own Memphis area homeless shelters.

Psychology students will present their research on December 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m., in Assisi Hall 153. All are welcome to attend.

Paintings by Jana Broussard Travis (Chair, Fine Arts & Speech) are featured along with glass works by Lana Chu in an exhibition entitled "Fusion of Dimension" at the Levy Gallery in the lobby of the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center (St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Perkins Extended at Walnut Grove) through December 18.
"Olvidas," the senior exhibition of paintings by Hayley R. Gil (’09), is on display through January 9 in Kenrick Hall Studio B.

Reserve your official CBU Tennessee Specialty License Plate today for only $35. These plates will be available in 2009 and will display your CBU pride with style. This offer is limited to vehicles titled in the State of Tennessee only. Order your license plate here and show your CBU pride everywhere you go! You may also use the form to order personalized plates for an extra $35, and you can support the inaugural CBU Alumni Scholarship Fund with an additional gift. For more information, please call the Office of Advancement at 321-3270. Forms may be returned to the Advancement office in Barry Hall or to Campus Box 104.


12/03: Bucs 51, University of North Alabama 46 (at Canale Arena)
12/06: Bucs 49, University of Alabama-Huntsville 50 (at Huntsville, AL)
12/06: Lady Bucs 70, University of Alabama-Huntsville 66 (at Huntsville, AL)

12/09: Ecclesia College (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
12/13: Barry University (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)
12/09: University of West Alabama (Canale Arena; 5:00 p.m.)
12/13: LeMoyne-Owen College (Bruce Hall at LOC; 5:00 p.m.)