I wish everyone a Happy New Year and a great start to the Spring 2011 semester. I would also like to inform you about exciting changes affecting the University’s Commencement Exercises. Responding to the wishes of numerous CBU constituencies, including alumnae/alumni and current students, Christian Brothers University will celebrate a historic first and a new CBU academic tradition in May 2011 — an on-campus, outdoor Commencement ceremony for all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree candidates.
Commencement 2011 at Signaigo Field
Commencement will be held at Signaigo Field on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. The photo diagram above will hopefully give you an idea of how the field will be set up for the ceremony. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (70 N Bellevue Blvd.). More details are available at the Commencement website; please be sure to consult it regularly for further details and updates. Degree candidates will also be receiving additional updates from my office via email throughout the semester. —Frank Buscher, Ph.D., Academic Vice President


VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK: January 9-15 is Vocation Awareness Week in the Catholic Church. Let us take the opportunity this week to thank God for our vocations as teachers, administrators, staff, students, and Christian Brothers. Let us remember in a special way our graduating Class of 2011, who are discerning the next step on the journey.
Lasallian Branding InitiativeLASALLIAN BRANDING, PHASE 2: CBU is participating in the Lasallian Education Branding Initiative for the US/Toronto Region. Some members of the CBU Community participated in the first branding engagement sessions in Spring of 2010. For those who are not familiar with this initiative, the leadership and chief administrators of all the Lasallian schools in the United States and Canada have joined efforts to develop a unified message/story/brand of what makes a Lasallian education distinctive and valuable in today’s educational market. As part of Phase 2 for this initiative, CBU is hosting additional engagement sessions on campus Tuesday (January 11). The purpose of Phase 2 is to develop, test and deliver an adopted brand platform, visual identity and brand guide. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have agreed to participate in these sessions and generously give their time to this important endeavor. To learn more about the Lasallian Education Branding Initiative and to engage in the process right now, become a fan on Facebook or follow the Branding project on Twitter.
MLK PRAYER SERVICE: CBU will host its annual Prayer Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday (January 13) at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The speaker for the service is Dr. James L. Netters, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The program will also include the award-winning oratorical speech from a 5th or 6th grader of Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and musical selections from the CBU community. The theme for the program is “And The Greatest of These is Love."
ROME SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline for Rome Study Abroad applications has been extended to Friday (January 14) as this is the last day to add/drop classes. There are some $500 scholarships available. Download the Scholarship Application or contact Dr. Forsdick at 321- 3461 or Classes offerred are HIST 497, RS 392, and ECON 346. All CBU students in good standing are eligible to go on the trip whether you need the class credit or not. For more details, click here >>>
INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL ROSTERS DUE: Intramural 5-on-5 basketball rosters are due Friday (January 14). All games will be played in Canale Arena beginning January 19. Teams may consist of a maximum of 10 players. Independent Male, Independent Female and Co-Ed teams are strongly encouraged to submit a roster. Rosters can be found in Student Life. Please email with any further questions.
ART EXHIBIT OPENING: "Translated Landscapes," featuring paintings by Brian Taylor, will open Friday (January 14) with a reception in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library), 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through February 24. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Memphis with B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Studio Art. He is currently a Professor of Art at Shorter University in Rome, GA and serves as Chair for the Art Department. (In the gallery foyer, Alex Lucas will present an exhibition entitled "Women and Senses.")

• January 14: Last day to drop a course
• January 15 : Withdrawal period begins
• February 11: Last day to withdraw from a first 8-week class
• March 24: Last day to withdraw from a 16-week class
• April 15: Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 8-week class


Congratulations to the 354 CBU students named to the Fall 2010 Dean's List. Selection to the list requires a grade point average of no lower than 3.4 for the term with the completion of at least 12 credit hours. The full list of honored students can be found by clicking here.

Dr. Bob Brittingham (Economics) won the NPR Sunday Puzzle on December 19. He competed against more than 2000 contestants for the final round, answered all the questions correctly and gave a brief interview (available online here).
Buccaneer guard Scott Dennis (Business Administration '12) was named Gulf South Conference West Division Player of the Week for the period ending December 15. Dennis scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds with five assists in the Bucs' 63-50 win over Williams Baptist. He followed with 14 points, 20 rebounds, and four assists in the Bucs' 45-30 win over West Alabama. The Player of the Week award is Dennis' second of the season and the Bucs' third.
Coy Lock (Biomedical Science '10) has been accepted to Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University.
Elisa Marus (Communications & Marketing) has been named a Life Member of the Memphis Area Master Gardeners in recognition of her volunteer service hours and continuing education requirements of the organization.
Andrew Morgret (Accounting) and Dr. Sarah Pitts (Business Law & Finance) guest lectured in a class on personal finance at the Desoto County campus of the University of Mississippi on January 4. Mr. Morgret spoke on taxes, and Dr. Pitts spoke about mortgages.

David Belcher has joined the Department of Athletics as the new coach of the men's golf team. Belcher has been involved with the Mid-South Junior Golf Association for the last 15 years, where he helped guide his daughter, Kellye Belcher, now the CBU women's golf coach, to the Tennessee Junior PGA Tour Player of the Year award and two USJG Tour Player of the Year awards. He is also no stranger to the GSC, as he served as a women's basketball referee in the conference for 20 years.


Frank Wesley Johnson, brother of Sadie Lisenby (Counseling Center), passed away on January 6 in Jackson, TN. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Sadie at Campus Box T-4. An online questbook is available here. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association or Poplar Heights Baptist Church (1980 Hollywood Dr., Jackson, TN).
Brother Richard Gerlach, 12th president of Christian Brothers University (1947-53), passed away on December 22 in Winona, MN, three days short of his 97th birthday. Throughout his career, Brother Richard taught history, and he also served as principal at CBHS in Memphis and at Lasallian schools in Appleton, WI; St. Paul, MN; Evanston, IL; and St. Louis. Memorials may be sent to De La Salle Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527).


Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority welcomes eight new sisters to its fantASTic sisterhood! Congratulations to Kristen Crone (Education '11), Lauren Faith Ferrell (Business Administration '12), Ariel Grace (Psychology '13), Morgan Harrell (Biochemical Engineering '12), Sarah Kelly (Electrical/Computer Engineering '12), Justin Moritz (Biochemistry '14), Samantha Noland (Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy '12) and Ana Villa (Business Administration '12).


The annual Employee Retirement Benefits Statement from Christian Brothers Services, usually delivered in December, has been delayed due to changes in the CB Services computer system. The current estimated delivery for statements is March. If anyone is contemplating retirement in the near future and needs an estimate of their benefits, please contact Jim Ceplecha at (800) 807-0700 ext. 2630 or at


Campus Ministry thanks to everyone who was able to help care for those in need last semester:
Two faculty members who gave over $350 to help two CBU families who lost their homes through fires.
Students who gave over $600 to provide more than 1,200 meals for the homeless at St Mary's Soup Kitchen.
Fifteen Food Baskets that were delivered to poor families before Christmas.
More than 2,000 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches made by the CBU Community for the homeless.

As we know, people are in great need these days due to loss of jobs and the ailing economy. Campus Ministry is proposing a food and clothing drive for this semester:
Canned goods and non-perishable items may be delivered to the drop-off center each day at the entrance to Alfonso Dining Hall.
Clothes may also be dropped off at the same location.
Donations may be given to Brother Rob or sent to him at Campus Box 9. Checks should be made out to CBU Campus Ministry.

Thank you for helping others in need!




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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Reaffirmation of Accreditation
A committee from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) will visit the CBU campus in March 2011 for the purpose of reaffirming our accreditation. SACS is the accrediting agency that ensures the quality of education in our region. They will send a committee to our campus to meet with selected members of the CBU community. The visit will determine whether CBU continues to meet standards established by the higher education community, and whether it addresses the needs of our students. One important focus of SACS’s visit is CBU’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
A significant component of the reaffirmation process is the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for CBU. This plan describes a specific course of action that focuses on learning outcomes and enhancing the environment supporting student learning. The QEP is designed to increase the effectiveness of a key aspect of the education programs relating to student learning. The overall purpose of the QEP is to improve student learning in the next five years and beyond.

The Topic of Academic Advising
CBU’s Quality Enhancement Plan focuses on Academic Advising for undergraduate day students. As a result of a series of meetings and focus groups involving stakeholders at CBU over the past two years — including, of course, students — Dr. Scott Geis, QEP director, proposed Academic Advising as CBU’s QEP topic. This proposal was approved by Dr. John Smarrelli (President) and Dr. Frank Buscher (Academic Vice President), and endorsed by the Faculty Assembly.
     Envisioning Academic Advising as a form of teaching, CBU’s QEP seeks to personalize and extend advising to include personal, educational, and career goals, and to develop commitments to lifelong learning and service to society for each student. More specifically, CBU will revise its current approach to advising, develop a systematic training program for advisors, and create a centralized center for advising.
     For additional information, please read future updates on the QEP, and feel free to contact any of the members of the QEP Leadership Team: Dr. Scott Geis (, Dr. Teri Mason (, Mr. Andy Morgret (, Dr. Eric Welch (, Dr. Kelli Wildman (, Dr. Ann Marie Wranovix (, Dr. Arthur Yanushka (


If you’re not graduating
And need money next year
The time to fill out
Your FAFSA is here (11-12)

So don’t take time to eat or play
Just start today to do what you love
Get those fingers moving


Teach MemphisTeach Memphis is accepting applications for all instructional classroom positions as well as for counselors and library media specialists for Memphis City Schools. Review the information found on about the different ways you may become a teacher with Memphis City Schools as well as the processes and documentation required. Apply Now for 2011 positions! The Early Bird Application Deadline is January 17 — Submit your application by that date to get priority consideration for mid-year and fall vacancies. Click here to download a Student Newsletter with more information.

Teach Memphis Info Session: Find out more about becoming a Memphis City Schools teacher! The Office of Strategic Teacher Recruitment and Staffing for Memphis City Schools will host an information session for teachers and would-be teachers on January 19 at the Memphis City Schools Teaching and Learning Academy in the Multipurpose Room beginning at 5:00 p.m. Learn about the application process, talk about the Gates Foundation-funded Teacher Effectiveness Initiative and what it means for teachers, certification and other topics. A short presentation will be followed by an opportunity for candidates to ask questions. For more information: