Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol
Berta Izquierdo ('13) and Pili Segui ('13), CBU students from the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, recently made a homeland connection here in Memphis. While attending a Memphis Grizzlies game, they were introduced to the team's star center Marc Gasol, a Barcelona native
. Pictured above are (l-r): Alana Kramer (History '12), Berta Izquierdo, Marc Gasol, Pili Segui, and Gasol's girlfriend, Cristina.


Thank you to the whole CBU community, whether you gave at the locations on campus or through other organizations or churches. The people of Haiti are being cared for.

As of Friday, January 22, CBU had collected $2,821.84 in donations for Haiti relief.
The banks will remain on campus all this week as well. Please continue to be generous!

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.


Homecoming Participation Day will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall, Campus organizations and teams should wear their Buc gear to Alfonso Dining Hall and sign in. The organization or team with the highest percentage of participants to sign in will be awarded the respective points towards winning the annual Homecoming competition.
Let the Homecoming Competition Begin: Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Games include the Pie-Eating Contest, Relay Races, Corn Hole, and Knockout.
• The annual Homecoming All-Sing Competition will be Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Each team or organization will create its interpretation of this year's Homecoming theme in a skit using music, dance, and everything creative.
• The 1st Annual Homecoming BBQ Contest will begin Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Canale Arena for teams and organizations wishing to participate Winners will receive a handsome trophy and bragging rights for next year.
• The 2nd Annual Alumni Dodgeball World Championship will be held on Friday in Canale Arena. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the games will start at 7:00 p.m. The co-ed dodgeball tournament is open to teams of 6 players each — open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni for a $5 registration fee. Online registration is available here.
• The CBU Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its inaugural class, featuring 10 of the biggest names in CBU's athletic history. The class will be inducted as part of Homecoming weekend at the Hall of Fame Banquet Friday night at 5:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $35 each, and a table of eight is $280. The inaugural class includes Joe Alfonso, Julie Bowen, Al Cash, Brother Stephen Eamon Gavin, Kristi Key, Bill Lowry, Joe Nadicksbernd, Hank Raymonds, Jerry Seessel, and Bob Stephenson. More>>>
Homecoming Pre-Game Activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday in Canale Arena with a pep-rally and the judging of the BBQ Contest.
Homecoming Game: CBU will take on the Arkansas Tech on Saturday in Canale Arena. The Lady Bucs play the Golden Suns at 2:00 p.m., and the Bucs play the Wonder Boys at 4:00 p.m. The Homecoming Court will be presented during halftime of the men's game, and the Post-Game Alumni Party will be held on the East Balcony immediately after the men's game.
• The Homecoming Dance will be off campus on Saturday evening. Buses leave at 9:00 p.m. from the Central Lot. Homecoming t-shirts and dance tickets are on sale everyday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. $5 for singles, $7 for couples, $10 for t-shirts.

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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 first class will be held on Monday in Kenrick 214 at 7:00 p.m.
WISE UP ON FACEBOOK WITH ANDY: The campus community is invited to attend a presentation on Tuesday 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.
DELTA SIGMA PI RECRUITING EVENTS: Delta Sigma Pi, the national business fraternity, is recruiting for new members and have several upcoming events planned that are open to the campus. Philip Babin, CPA ('82). will present "Life as a Deltasig" on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in Buckman 112. The fraternity will conduct an Informational Session on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Buckman 358. Next week, on February 3, Deltasig will hold an open Meet-n-Greet in St. Joseph Hall 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
BE THE MATCH REGISTRY: 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 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.
DEADLINE FOR SUMMER 2010 MHIRT PROGRAM: For those of you considering the all-expenses paid research internship in Brazil, Thailand, or Uganda, all application materials must be received no later than Friday, January 29. Applications and information are online at


Dr. Phillip Bryant (Management, Marketing, & Economics) was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis on December 19.
Ashley JonesAshley Jones (Psychology ’11), pictured at left, was selected to participate in the Leadership Fellows program of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. The Leadership Fellows Program was established in 1979 to prepare young women for leadership roles in the sorority, community, and in corporate arenas. Ashley was one of 14 juniors and seniors with a 3.0 or above selected from among the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She traveled to Houston in December to attend corporate development sessions conducted by senior level directors and managers and international leaders of the sorority.
• Dr. Kelli Wildman
(Academic Services) has been selected to receive a 2010 National Academic Advising Association Administrators' Institute Scholarship. The Institute will be held February 14-16 in Clearwater Beach, FL.
CBU's Packaging program was profiled in the December 2009 issue of ista views, a digital magazine for transport packaging community by the International Safe Transit Association.


COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, in the University Theater. Faculty and staff, please show up at 12:30 for snacks and conversation in the lobby. Conversation with Dr. Smarrelli will begin afterward in the theater to discuss matters of relevance in an informal setting. No agenda will be formulated. Dr. Smarrelli hopes to use this as an opportunity to discuss topics large and small so that together we can move CBU to greater levels of excellence.
Dr. Ben Jordan (History) will present “Black or African-American: A History of Names and Where We are Today" on Tuesday, February 2, at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The presentation, co-sponsored by the School of Arts, will feature songs, dramatic readings, and poems from members of the CBU community.
• Thursday, February 4, will be Soul Food Day in Alfonso Dining Hall, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Nubian Dance Troupe will perform at 12:30 p.m.
• The African-American Inventions Exhibit, featuring presentations of inventions from the CBU community
will be presented on Thursday, February 11, in Sabbatini Lounge, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. See below for entry information. Benjamin Head, Instruction Librarian at Plough Library, will facilitate a Brown Bag Luncheon on the topic of "Where Are We? Progress of the Civil Rights Movement" in conjunction with the exhibit.
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


The Deidre Malone Campaign for Shelby County mayor is looking for students to work as interns on the campaign. Participants will be given three to five hours each week of instruction on every aspect of a modern political campaign and be required to commit several additional hours of actual field work in the campaign, from putting up yard signs to drafting strategic communication. This internship will last from June through the first week of August. If you are interested, please contact the campaign directly — Kevin Gallagher at or (504) 756-5414 — but also contact Dr. Karl Leib at (especially if you want to do the internship for course credit). Click here to download full details in Microsoft Word format.