Athletic Hall of Fame
CBU enshrined ten of its legends into the Christian Brothers University Athletic Hall of Fame on April 24 in a ceremony and dinner banquet at Alfonso Dining Hall. Among those in attendance were (pictured above, l-r): Jack Wheeler ('78), Joe Nadicksbernd (Athletic Director, '71), Coach Bob Stephenson, AFSC (Basketball Coach 1969-78, Athletic Director 1969-96), and Don Popp ('78). Coach Nadicksbernd and Coach Stephenson were among the Hall of Fame inductees, along with Joe Alfonso (Cafeteria Manager 1960-81, posthumously), Julie Bowen ('84), James "Al" Cash ('65), Brother Stephen Eamon Gavin (Athletic Director 1954-61, posthumously), Kristi Key Long ('85), Bill Lowry ('60), Jerry Seessel (Women's Soccer Benefactor), and Hank Raymonds (Basketball Coach 1955-61). More>>


I know everyone is extremely busy this time of year, but Fairview Middle School is counting on the CBU Community to serve their juror needs for the upcoming "ThinkShow" (formerly the Spring Exhibition). These exhibitions of student work allow students to excel in areas that may not be captured in the traditional school format and will allow them to demonstrate what they know and what they can do. The projects may be analytical (original books, essays, displays), practical (models, brochures, 3-D constructions), or creative (dances, recitations, paintings).

I encourage you to sign up — if only for 30 minutes — to serve as a juror at Fairview as well as the Middle College High School, located in the second floor of the Fairview building. The big day is Thursday, April 29. Everyone is needed to make this event a success. Fairview will be open at 8:30 to receive jurors to score the projects.

Tests are standardized. Kids aren't. This is a valuable service we can provide to the students of our city schools, and potentially our own future students. So let's be a good neighbor, CBU! Please click here to register online. Be sure to note Fairview or Middle College High School as your site. Please complete your application as soon as possible! Everyone is needed to make this event a success. For more information, click here to download a brochure on the exhibitions.

John Smarrelli Jr.
John Smarrelli Jr., Ph.D.

PS: Kudos to the following members of the CBU community who have already signed up: Dr. Wendy Ashcroft, Karën Brandon, Dr. Tracie Burke, Heidi Igbo, and Dr. Richard Potts. I hope you'll join them today!


THOMAS LIPSMEYER AWARD: Seniors, Monday is the last day to vote for the Thomas Lipsmeyer Award, to be presented at the 2010 Commencement Exercises on May 14.The Thomas Lipsmeyer Award was initiated by his parents in memory of Thomas Lipsmeyer, whose accidental death occurred just before his graduation in 1964. It is presented to the graduate considered by fellow classmates as the "ideal senior student" and being the student who has most actively contributed to the senior class and to the University. Please click here to cast your vote.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President is scheduled for Tuesday 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.
INVISIBLE CHILDREN: Invisible Children, the not-for-profit organization aiding the ex-child soldiers of Northern Uganda, will screen their documentary, GO, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rose Theater on the University of Memphis campus. the University of Memphis campus. This screening (click here for a YouTube trailer) chronicles the journey of high school students from the U.S. as they traveled to and lived among the displaced people in Gulu, Uganda. Students from the film and Ugandan nationals will be on hand along with the Invisible Children staff. For more information contact Dustin James at
CHOCOLATE TASTING: The Annual Chocolate Tasting Session, featuring Dinstuhl's Gourmet Chocolates, will be presented by the students of BIOL 103 (Biology of Addiction) on Thursday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., in St. Joseph 10. Door prizes will be distributed!!
FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATION: Friday commemorates the birthday of our Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. Come join the entire CBU community in the Buckman Quad from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. for the celebration! Dr. Rice Drewry ('82 ) with his band Six Degrees will provide music, and President Smarrelli will recognize our retirees and the faculty receiving sabbaticals. Come celebrate the end of a good academic year and enjoy our community!
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA STEP SHOW: The Alpha Kappa Alpha Step Show has been rescheduled for Friday at 7:08 p.m. in the University Theater, after being postponed due to weather warnings last week.
CLASSICS, SPIRITUALS & DISNEY: The CB Singers, CBU's premier choir, will present their annual spring concert, "Classics, Spirituals, and DISNEY," on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theater. The concert pulls together music from across the musical spectrum, including solos and group pieces, to construct a full view of the choir's talents. Admission is free. For additional information, contact J. Tommy Gaines at or (901) 321-3390.


Congratulations to the following students who have been elected as the Student Government Association officers for the 2010-2011 academic year: Chase de Saint-Felix, President; Johnny Blount, VP for Senate; Michael J. Berry, VP for Programming; Amanda Fitzgerald, VP for Communications; and David Croenne Jr., VP for Finance. The following have been elected as Senators: Shilpa Appurubugatha, Kevin Boes, Anthony Lawrence, Alex Park, Matt Warren, Jacob Zimmerman, Katelyn Cook, Trey Tedford, Carly Gordon, Danielle Hobbs, Angela Toomer, and Heidi Igbo. Thanks to all of the students who ran for Senate and Executive Council positions! Your willingness to serve on the SGA is what helps make it a successful organization year after year.


Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. (President) was the keynote speaker at the Eighth Annual Dr. James B. Mitchell Jr. Lecture Series at Southwind High School on April 23. The annual lecture is sponsored by the Shelby County Schools Education Foundation. Named in honor of a recent Superintendent of the Shelby County Schools, this lecture series is an annual springtime event in which a distinguished speaker addresses student leaders from the district's seven high schools. The purpose of the lecture series is to cause students to think more broadly about the world in which they live. Photos>>
IEEE SoutheastCon 2010
The Student Branch of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers attended the IEEE SoutheastCon 2010 conference in Charlotte, NC on March 18-21. More than 60 electrical engineering schools attended the conference, and CBU competed in the Web site, software, robotics, ethics, and T-shirt competitions. The Web site team of Binh Nguyen, Russel Saliendra, and Linda Truong placed first for the third year in a row. The T-shirt team of Binh Nguyen, Russel Saliendra, Linda Truong, and Khai Nguyen placed first for the second year in a row. James Whitaker’s paper and presentation on Interactive Missions Map placed in the top ten. Russel Saliendra, Khai Nguyen, Linda Truong, and Shilpa Appurubugatha competed in the ethics competition. The software team of Martin Tribo, Steven Menezes, and Raymond Bedrossian placed eighth out of 15 teams. Anthony Bownes, James Brown, and Harsh Shroff competed in the robotics competition. Pictured above are: (back row l-r) Anthony Bownes ('10), Steven Menezes ('12), Raymond Bedrossian ('13), James Brown ('10), Jimmy Whitaker ('10), Harsh Shroff ('10), and Dr. John Ventura (IEEE Branch Advisor); (front row l-r) Russel Saliendra ('10), Shilpa Appurubugatha ('13), Binh Nguyen ('10), Linda Truong ('13), Khai Nguyen ('12), and Martin Tribo ('13).
The CBU Moonbuggy team finished 11th out of 35 college teams at NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL on April 9-10. There were 54 college teams registered, but only 35 teams made the pre-qualification (assembly, safety, weight, size, etc). Out of the 35 qualified teams, there were only 17 teams actually finished the race. Our team posted a 10-second assembly time, with a course time of 6 minutes and 23 seconds (5 minutes and 13 seconds plus a 1-minute penalty). Photos are available here and here.


The office of Graduate & Professional Studies is accepting applications for need-based scholarships.  These funds are available for Professional Studies students who wish to take summer courses. For more information, please contact G&PS at

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