Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
CBU CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING & CELEBRATION: Dr. and Mrs. John Smarrelli Jr., the Brothers of the Lambert Hall Community and the Student Government Association cordially invite everyone to attend the Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting on Thursday (December 2), 4:00-6:30 p.m. in the Buckman Quadrangle and Alfonso Dining Hall. Bring your family and celebrate the Christmas season with the entire CBU community! Open mic holiday singing, holiday dinner, caroling by the CBU Singers, photos with Santa, and the official lighting of the new campus Christmas tree! (In case of inclement weather, a screen and projector will be available inside Alfonso Dining Hall to view the lighting of the tree.) Please reply to or (901) 321-3082.


Blood Donors RockBLOOD DRIVE: ‘Tis the season for giving and the perfect gift is life to all. The American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday (November 30), 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room. All donors will receive a camouflaged hunting cap as a gift along with snacks, drinks and a BIG THANK YOU! CBU's goal is 30 units, and we need everyone to help hit that mark. Sign up for an appointment either in the Student Life Office or Events Management.
LASALLIAN VOLUNTEER INFO: Zac Ufnar, the new Lasallian Volunteer Coordinator, will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday to visit students —particularly seniors — who are looking at becoming Volunteers for the 2011-2012 academic year. He will visit some classes, but will be available both days in Alfonso Dining Hall, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., to answer any questions you might have regarding the program. Make sure to see him if you are interested in being a Lasallian Volunteer next year.
HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Music Department's Annual Fall/Holiday Concert, "A Celebration of Christmas," will be presented Friday (December 3) at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theatre. This concert will feature the CB Singers and Exceptional Sound in holiday songs of the season ranging from classic standards to crazy comedies! Admission is FREE and open to the public.
A BARBERSHOP CHRISTMAS: The Memphis Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will presents its 5th Annual Christmas Show "Getting Christmas Right" on Saturday (December 4) at St. Benedict At Auburndale High School (8250 Varnavas Dr., Cordova) with a 2:00 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 p.m. evening show. Both shows will feature the Memphis Men of Harmony Chorus and Quartets (featuring CBU's own Brother Ignatius Brown!). All seats are reserved and all tickets are $15 each ($12 each for groups of 12 or more). Order tickets from Br. Ignatius at, order by phone at (901) 378-6860, or order online at

CBU FACULTY ART EXHIBIT: The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery features the art of Pam Hassler, Nick Peña, and Jana B. Travis in the "CBU Faculty Exhibition" through December 10. The gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library.


Dr. Samantha Alperin (Education) made a presentation at the Tennessee Reading Association conference in Nashville on November 7. Her presentation was entitled "Literacy Across the Curriculum: Do We Ask Too Much of Our Students?"
Dr. Frank Buscher (VP for Academic) finished the grueling Memphis Runners Track Club's 2010 Road Race Series (2 x 5k; 2 x 5miles; 2 x 10k; 2 x 10 miles; 2x 13.1 miles) with a mile average of 6:21. He placed 4th among the 560 runners who completed the series.
Kay Cunningham (Plough Library) coauthored two articles that recently appeared online in Tennessee Libraries: “Government E-Resources: Ensuring That Patrons Fall Over Them" (coauthored with Mary Freilich), and “Planning Warehouse 13: Sharing Resources and Information" (coauthored with Deborah Brackstone).
Dr. Talana Vogel (Education) attended and presented at the Southern Regional Council of Educational Administration (SRCEA) annual conference on October 28-31 in Savannah, GA. Her paper was entitled "Can Educational Administration Programs Truly Affect Candidates’ Sensitivity to Diversity? One Program’s Journey."
MBA Ethics Panel
Pictured above (l-r): CBU trustee Lori Patton ('90) joined Dr. John Smarrelli and civic and professional leader Johnny Pitts on a panel discussion of business ethics for cohorts on the CMBA 601 Ethics course on November 22 in Sabbatini Lounge. Patton is vice president of Roadshow BMW/MINI. Pitts is a majority owner and chief manager of Lipscomb and Pitts insurance and a member of Mayor A C Wharton's Strategic Assessment Committee.


Sam Noland
Pictured above:
Sam Noland (Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy '11) led a Society of Women Engineers workshop for high school girls on "Forensic Engineering" on November 20 in Assisi Hall. Sixteen girls from ten high schools attended the workshop. Above, Sam demonstrates the flammability of airborne particles such as flour.
Congratulations to the CBU students were inducted into the Alpha Chi honor society on November 21: Larry J. Anderson, Deirdra Brooks, Ethan Clapp, Rochelle Crawford-Hurt, Justin Davis, Corinne Doder, Mary S. Edman, Raquel S. Edwards, Cari Gold, Andrew W. Greenop, Bryan D. Hearn, Steven S. Menezes, Emily H. Oppenheimer, Brenda G. Pryor, Melissa Sanders, Thomas M. Schill, Nicholas S. Selvo, David A. Thompson, Amy H. Williams and Gayle Woloshin. Alpha Chi is a coeducational, interdisciplinary society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.


Brother Rob and Campus Ministry extend HEARTFELT THANKS for the prayers, financial assistance, and great support of the CBU Community for the 2010 College Search Retreat. The Retreat was a great success! We had 50 students attend the Retreat, and God was present in a number of ways — most of all through the kids. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and may God continue to bless our CBU Community!


Upcoming study abroad opportunities:
Exchange program opportunities in Barcelona, Austria and elsewhere — CBU scholarships, grants, and all state and federal aid will apply!
China (Winter Break 2010)
Argentina (Spring Break 2011)*
Rome, Italy (May 2011)*
Israel (June/July 2011)
MHIRT trips to Brazil and Uganda (Summer 2011)

*There are five $500 scholarships for the trips to Argentina and Italy!

Check out the Study Abroad Newsletter!


CBU will host the 2011 Mid-South Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC) on May 3, 2011 with "Sustainability" as the theme. Interested students, faculty and staff are invited to submit an abstract for a 20-30 minute presentation at the conference. Abstract submission deadline is January 28, 2011. For more information, please visit the MAESC website or contact Dr. Pong Malasri, conference coordinator, at


To find Plough Library's newest books and videos, check the "What's New" blog or click here.


Galleon ONE DAY ONLY! Yearbook headshots will be taken on December 8 in Sabbatini Lounge, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Headshots are free for inclusion in the yearbook, but you will also have the opportunity to order your photo via email. FREE COFFEE!!
The Galleon, CBU's yearbook, needs photos from your organization! Events, officers, new inductees, group photos, candids, anything you want to see in the yearbook. Email them to or call Dr. Karen Golightly at 321-4483 if you'd rather submit by disc or jump drive.
Order your copy of The Galleon NOW! Place your order by December 15 to ensure that you get your copy! The 2011 Galleon can be ordered directly from Walsworth Publishing Company by following the link below. Walsworth Publishing Company has been producing outstanding yearbooks and providing exemplary service to customers for more than 60 years. Cost for the yearbook is $40 each plus a $2.00 service fee; the CBU Alumni Office is picking up $20 of the regular $60 price of each yearbook!. Click here to order!


Fall Full-term and 2nd 8-week term course evaluations are currently open and will close December 12. Don't wait! We want your input! Students who complete ALL of their course evaluations are entered in a drawing for one of several great prizes. Just ask Ethan Clapp who won a $50 gift certificate, or Herman Jorgensen IV who won an iPod Shuffle! Congratulations to our instructor winner, Dr. Betty Johnson, who also won a $50 gift certificate for her great response rate! Click here to be taken directly to the evaluation site. Complete ALL your evaluations now and you just might be a winner!


ALSAC/St. Jude is hiring interns for its National Program Marketing department for the spring semester. Because it is an unpaid academic internship, students must be able to either receive course credit or fulfill a similar requirement with a letter from an academic advisor. Interns would work in a fundraising/marketing environment for the nation’s most trusted charity and one that raises over $700 million annually (third largest health charity in the world). Click here for requirements, internship description and application.