MLK Prayer Service
At last week's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service (left to right): Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President; Otis Sanford, Editor of Opinion and Editorials at The Commercial Appeal; Karen Barnett, CBU Dean of Students; and Brother Rob Veselsky, CBU Director of Campus Ministry. Mr. Sanford was the keynote speaker at the service, speaking on local newspaper coverage of the 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis.


As a community, let us proceed forward to help the people of Haiti.

There are now banks provided in the following areas to receive donations: the administrative offices of the four Schools (Arts in Barry 225, Business in Buckman 334, Engineering in Nolan 114, Sciences in Cooper-Wilson 102), the Student Life office, the Advancement office (Barry 101), the Department of Education office (Kenrick 118), and Alfonso Dining Hall.

Donations will also be collected at the entrance of Buckman Hall Tuesday-Thursday at 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Cash donations will go to buying medical supplies. Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) will buy the supplies and they will go to Haiti Medical Missions, with whom CBU has a long association, via Dr. Gordon Kraus and Brother Edward Salgado (Biology). Checks may be made out to either Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis or Catholic Relief Services. Donations to both organizations are fully tax-deductible.

Collections will begin today and end on Friday. PLEASE BE GENEROUS. This is one way to put our Faith into Action. There will be daily reports on how we are doing.


WORKSHOP SESSIONS FOR ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT: During January and February, Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling, will be conducting four workshop sessions with the goal of helping at-risk students toward a more successful college experience in areas of basic study skills techniques, helpful resources, self-motivation, etc.  The sessions will be held on Thursdays as follows:  January 21, January 28, February 4, and February 11 at 1:00–1:50 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room. The sessions are designed for students who have the desire and commitment to become a more successful in their studies. Interested students are urged to attend all four sessions.
SUMMER IN ENGLAND: Jason Keeling, a representative of Edge Hill University in England, will be on campus Thursday, January 21, at 12:45 p.m. in Buckman 112 to discuss the CBU summer month at Edge Hill, which is near Liverpool. Students interested in the month-long visit plus a trip to London or a semester at the University should come to the meeting to get more details.
BROKEN DREAMS: Mr. Bryce Ashby will deliver a lecture on Thursday, January 21, entitled "Broken Dreams" dealing with comprehensive immigration reform, misconceptions, and moral dilemmas of undocumented students in Spain Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Ashby is a civil rights attorney with the Donati Law Firm, LLP. He formerly served as the Director of Programs for Latino Memphis and worked as an organizer for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. He has written extensively on immigration issues and will speak to the CBU community on Immigration and will be accompanying Diana Reyes, a Rhodes College student who will speak about undocumented students in the United States. For more information, please contact Jorge Arana at
RUNNING GAG IMPROV COMEDY: Running Gag Improv will perform on Friday, January 22, in the University Theater at 8:00 p.m. This monthly show is made up entirely on the spot with suggestions from the audience. $5.00 is all you pay for an evening of hilarity cooked to order right before your eyes — by a cast that includes Russell Brandon ('09), Spencer Macklin ('10), Dustin Perry ('10), and Dylan Perry ('10). Seating is limited, so show up early to avoid that awkward "Mind if I sit in your lap?" discussion with a total stranger.


Dr. Wendy Ashcroft (Education) is the coauthor (with Sue Argiro and Joyce Keohane) of Success Strategies for Teaching Kids With Autism, recently published by Prufrock Press. The book provides practical strategies to build successful programs and services for children with autism and outlines best practices for teaching special needs students.
Rick Maupin (Corporate & Government Programs) has been asked to participate in the Middle College National Consortium Meeting in Los Angeles, February 4-7. He will be discussing the CBU Dual Enrollment program with other universities that allow high school students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and transferable college credits upon graduating.
Carolyn Dyan Grantham has joined the Office of Campus Safety as a Campus Safety Officer.


FREE CALLIGRAPHY LESSON: Brother Francisco Martin is offering calligraphy instruction for faculty, staff, students, and others. Free of charge — the only thing you have to pay is attention to a few instructions. Bring a pencil or pen and a lot of motivation. The class will be held on Monday, January 25, in Kenrick 214.
Andy Wise WISE UP ON FACEBOOK WITH ANDY: The campus community is invited to attend a presentation on Tuesday, January 26 by Andy Wise (pictured at left), chief consumer investigator at Action News 5, on the use/misuse of Facebook and how to protect yourself on social media sites. The event will be held in the Spain Auditorium, 1:00–1:50 p.m. Andy Wise is a 19-year veteran of broadcast news. He joined Action News 5 in 2008 to take over the consumer investigations unit and launched a new wave of weekly consumer-based segments. For more information on the presentation, contact the Counseling Center at 321-3527.
BE THE MATCH REGISTRY: offers you the unique opportunity to give a life-saving marrow transplant to someone in need. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry, the largest and most diverse registry in the world, to find a life-saving donor. We all have the power to heal, the power to help.

Be The Match Registry will be here at CBU on Wednesday, January 27, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Registration is free! Please plan to take a few minutes to come and learn more about this important opportunity.

Why should people get involved? Thousands of patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other life-threatening diseases need an unrelated marrow or cord blood transplant. In fact, 70% of patients in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on the Be the Match Registry to find a match- and a second chance at life. And while many patients do find the life-saving match they need each year, more support is needed to be able to help all patients.

Take the first step. Join the registry. The process is painless and includes completion of a registration form and submission of a swab obtained from your cheek.

HOMECOMING WEEK: See details below in the Buccaneer Athletics Section!
CBU TRIVIA NIGHT: CBU will hold Alumni Trivia Night on Friday, February 5, in Alfonso Dining Hall. CBU’s own world-renowned quizmaster Brother Ignatius Brown will emcee. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and competition begins at 7:30 p.m. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the evening, and prizes will be awarded for all members of first and second place teams. Teams can pre-register before February 3 for $15 per person. After February 3, registration is $20 per person. All proceeds benefit the National Alumni Association Scholarship fund. For more information and online registration, visit or call 321-3270.
PLOUGH SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWS: The Office of Admissions cordially invites all faculty and staff members to participate in the Plough Scholarship interview process scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Plough Scholarship is a full-tuition four-year scholarship offered to two incoming freshmen each year based on high academic standing, strong extracurricular involvement, and leadership abilities. Please consider participating in the interview process this year. For more information or to sign up to assist, please contact Darryl A. Causey, Plough Scholarship Chair, at 321-3210 or
LAST LECTURE: Please save the date for Dr. Margie Miller's "Last Lecture" on Thursday, April 22, at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. In it's third year at CBU and sponsored by the Honors Program, the "Last Lecture" may relate to the professor’s academic work, other professional or life experience, or may be words of inspiration and advice for students — or all of the above. Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for this extraordinary event during which this esteemed sociology professor gives her "Last Lecture."


The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery is featuring "Raw Silk," an exhibit of fabric art by Phyllis Boger and Constance Grayson, through March 11. This exhibition features textile-based, mixed media collages and three-dimensional artworks. The gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library. More>>>