Pictured above with Brother Rob Veselsky are CBU's current Lasallian Volunteers (l-r): Katie Quinton ('09), Jamie Jaynes ('09), Samantha Almanza ('09), Kelly Townes ('09), Antony Eddy ('09), and Thais Hunter ('08). Katie, Samantha, Kelly, Antony, and Thais will join over 100 Lasallian Volunteers, former volunteers, family, and friends from around the country in Newport, RI on October 18 to participate in the Amica Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Marathon Relay. In an effort to give back to the LV program and ensure its future, the volunteers are coordinating this marathon fundraiser with a goal of $60,000. Currently, the six CBU alumni volunteers are serving in five different ministries across the U.S. Founded in the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the volunteers seek to break the cycle of poverty through education-based initiatives, transforming lives, and giving disadvantaged kids the opportunity for a better, brighter future. You can help support the marathon by adopting a runner (click here) or make a donation here.
Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., president of CBU, threw out the first pitch at the September 6 Memphis Redbirds game (left) and got a few pointers from Redbirds pitcher Matthew Scherer (right), an alumnus of Le Moyne College who was selected by the Cardinals in the June 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Dr. Smarrelli, also an alumnus of Le Moyne, served there prior to coming to CBU as special assistant to the president, as interim president, and as provost. The Redbirds defeated the Oklahoma City RedHawks, 6-1.
• Dr. Frank Buscher (Academics) and Dr. Pete Gathje (formerly Religion & Philosophy) joined numerous other over-the-hill runners to assist with CBU's Twilight Classic, one of the largest nighttime track meets in the country. Taking advantage of the unusually cool August weather, Buscher set a personal record in two five-milers, including the 36th Overton Park Classic.
• Pam Hassler (Fine Arts & Speech/Adjunct) received a commission from St. Peter Catholic Church to create an icon of St. Martin de Porres (pictured at right) for the Shrine of St. Martin de Porres. The consecration of the icon will take place in a service at the church at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. This is the seventh icon Ms. Hassler has created for the Shrine. Her work is also currently being shown at the new Jay Etkin Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. "The Memphis Show," as it is titled, includes a selection of contemporary works.
• Elisa C. Marus (Communications & Marketing) has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA). She is one of eight professionals across the state appointed. Formed in 1975, TCPRA is an alliance of communicators who represent the colleges and universities, that together define and create a voice for higher education in Tennessee.
• Binh Nguyen (Electrical & Computer Engineering '10), chair of the IEEE student branch at CBU, was awarded a $1200 stipend from John Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth program. Binh was assigned a group of very bright and talented middle and high school students at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and served this summer as a teaching assistant in a fast-paced Electrical Engineering course. Binh was responsible for teaching the laboratories, study sessions, and assisting in class lectures. The students built three different solar powered robots each capable of performing a specific task.
• Lady Buc middle hitter Hanna Orendorff (Natural Science '10) was named the Gulf South Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending September 1. She led the Lady Bucs to a 3-1 weekend, hitting .350 for the weekend with 50 kills in 103 attempts, reaching double figures in each match.
• Bethany King Robinson (Graduate Engineering) has been elected chair of the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council (MJEC). Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering) has been elected vice-chair of MJEC. MJEC is an umbrella organization for over 20 engineering organizations and engineering educational institutions in the Memphis area.
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• Lacey Hopper (Applied Psychology '09) has joined the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Counselor.
• The Panhellenic Council invites you to participate in the first annual Love Connection. This event is open to all students at CBU. Love Connection is speed dating with a twist; that twist being trivia at the end. Prizes are awarded to the top 3 newly matched couples. Admissions is $3 for girls and $5 for guys at the door. You can dress up or dress casual, but either way you’ll have a great time! Drinks, cheese, crackers, and grapes will be supplied. Charm your way through the hearts of others on Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center. For more info contact Miaya at email@example.com.
• The Panhellenic Council invites you to its 3rd Annual Talent Show on September 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Come enjoy a fun-filled night provided by your peers. If you would like to participate, applications are in Student Life. Please submit the applications to Student Life by Tuesday, September 22. Your talent can be as funny or as serious as you like. Three top prizes will be awarded. Groups are welcome to participate. For more info contact Miaya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The first official meeting for all Beta Beta Beta members and those interested in joining will be September 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Cooper-Wilson 105. Pizza will be provided. Mock interviews will be held September 29. This event gives students a chance to gain insight into what a "real world" interview would be like. If interested, you can contact Dr. Ogilvie at email@example.com. Be sure to specify the field in which you would like to interview.
• Need money? Want to work on campus? The Advancement Office is looking for dynamic, articulate, and responsible students for evening and Sunday phonathon positions for its Fall and Spring Campaigns. Student callers call alumni and friends of the University and ask for support of the Fund for CBU. Starting pay is $7.25 per hour, and additional benefits include a great work environment and marketing job experience. Training will take place October 1, and calling will begin Monday, October 5. There are a limited number of positions available. To apply, please stop by the Advancement Office on the main floor of Barry Hall, Room 101, and pick up a job description and an application. Contact Aimee Lewis, Director of the Fund for CBU, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
• Comcast is looking for students to hand out promotional materials at the Fairgrounds before the Southern Heritage Classic Football game on Saturday, September 12, noon-7:00 p.m. It involves a lot of walking and pays $10 per hour. Contact Greg Belz at email@example.com for more information.