Alfonso Dining Hall Renovation
YOU ASKED FOR IT. YOU GOT IT! CBU and ARAMARK are bringing you a new Alfonso Dining Hall and new meal plans for FALL 2011. Along with renovated and expanded serving areas in Alfonso Dining Hall (pictured above), benefits will include extended hours at Alfonso (until 7:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday), unlimited access to Alfonso Dining Hall during hours of operation, BUC Dollars that rollover from Fall to Spring semester, five guest meals included in meal plan; and a Block Plan for Apartment Residents — meals to use whenever you want throughout the semester! There's more info on display in Alfonso, or feel free to email with any questions!


Valentine by Brother FranciscoSt. Valentine, holy priest of Rome, assisted the Christian prisoners during their persecution by Emperor Claudius II (Claudius the Cruel) in the third century. Claudius, in order to recruit the male populace into the army, cancelled all marriages and engagements within city of Rome. St. Valentine, however, continued to perform wedding ceremonies in secret. When he was discovered, St. Valentine was apprehended, stoned and then beheaded. According to tradition, he corresponded by letters from prison to his parishioners. According to some sources, Valentine fell in love with the blind daughter of the jailer, named Julia, who visited him. It is said that Valentine miraculously restored the girl's sight. Before his execution, Valentine sent a farewell message to Julia with a closing that has now transcended time: "From Your Valentine." The Saint was executed on February 14, circa 269 AD. — from Brother Francisco Valentín Martín


SUSTAINABILITY LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSIONS: The Sustainability Living Learning Community (LLC) is a two-year program designed for students who wish to have an enriched academic experience and identify rewarding career opportunities that involve making a positive impact on their communities—ranging from energy conservation and environmental protection to the promotion of cultural heritage and smart economic development. They will study and live together to support the goals of creating a just society, ensuring a clean and biologically rich environment, pursuing meaningful careers, and enjoying a life of service.  They will learn from and work with local business leaders, community organizers and CBU faculty who make sustainability a focus of their professional and civic activities. If you are interested in being a part of the Sustainability LLC, please attend one of the Informational Sessions to be held in Buckman Hall 223 on Monday (February 14) at 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday (February 15) at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Ben Jordan (321-4406, or Dr. Neal Palmer (321-3249, Also, check out the LLC's Facebook group page.
GENDER DIFFERENCES IN COMMUNICATION: Dr. Rena Durr, CBU Professor of Behavioral Sciences, will address the topic "Speaking of Sex: Do men and women speak different languages?" on Tuesday (February 15) in Spain Auditorium, 1:00–1:50 p.m.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM SERIES: CBU will continue its month-long celebration with the second installment in its African-American Film Series. Hotel Rwanda will be shown on Wednesday (February 16) at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The 2004 film is the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President is scheduled for Thursday, February 17, 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.
COLLEGE NIGHTCOLLEGE NIGHT AT THE TENNIS TOURNAMENT: The Regions Morgan Keegan Tennis Championships and Cellular South Cup Tournament present College Night on Thursday (February 17) at the Racquet Club of Memphis (5111 Sanderlin Avenue). Tickets to the tournament are ONLY $10 with a student IDplus a special "Corona & Sandwich" meal deal for $5. Call (901) 405-7734 to reserve your tickets! Tournament info is available at — this year's event will feature Andy Roddick, Melanie Oudin, Lleyton Hewitt, Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils, Sam Querrey, Mardy Fish, John Isner, Juan Martin Del Potro and Tommy Haas.
STUDENT PROFESSIONAL AWARENESS CONFERENCE: The Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC) will be held on Friday (February 18) at the Center for Southern Folklore (123 S. Main St.), starting at 4:30 p.m. for professionals and 5:30 p.m. for students. SPAC is a formal dinner event that aims to bridge the gap between engineering students and their career goals. SPAC offers students and employers an opportunity to network with each other in a professional environment along with professionals and academics representing the field of engineering. Register at
TRIVIA NIGHT AT CBU: It's Trivia Night at CBU on Friday (February 18) in Alfonso Dining Hall at 7:00 p.m. Start preparing to test your knowledge with Memphis' Trivia Guy, CBU's own Brother Ignatius Brown. Teams should be composed of six members, and registration is $15 per person in advance and $20 the day of the event. Prizes will be given throughout the night, and all proceeds will benefit the National Alumni Board Scholarship Fund. Reduced registration is available for undergraduate students and the Brothers Community. Register your teams by February 15 online at Please bring your registration fee to the event or drop it off in advance at the CBU Alumni Relations Office (Barry Hall 101).

ART EXHIBIT: "Translated Landscapes," featuring paintings by Brian Taylor, runs through February 24 in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library), 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit . 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 is presenting an exhibition entitled "Women and Senses.") More info>>
RELIC COLLECTION ON EXHIBIT: Christian Brothers University is presenting the "Relic Collection," which belongs to the De La Salle Archives of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest District, through May 1 in Plough Memorial Library. This recently modernized collection of 358 relics is publicly exhibited once every three years so that students and other interested persons can view and learn about the history of relics in the Catholic Tradition. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


Registration is currently open for the 2nd 8-week Spring Term of classes. The last day to withdraw from the 1st 8-week Spring Term course is Friday, February 11.


Memphis Flyer Chase de Saint_FelixChase de Saint-Felix (Religion & Philosophy '11, SGA President) was selected by The Memphis Flyer as one of its 14 "Hotties" for 2011 in its annual Valentine's Day edition to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis. He was also chosen from the 14 to grace the newspaper's cover (at left) and, at this writing, was the leader in votes for the designation of "King Hottie." But Chase wasn't the only CBU "hottie" to catch the Flyer's attention — Jittapong "JT" Malasri ('06), a civil engineering alumnus and son of Dr. Pong Malasri, was also included among this year's 14 finalists. It's not too late to cast your vote — click here and cast your votes for Chase and JT before February 16. (It will require a small donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters.)
Kyle Hayes (Biology '11) presented a paper entitled "Impact of Halo Vest Stabilization in Patients with Blunt Cervical Spine Fractures" at the 6th Academic Surgical Congress conducted on February 1-3 in Huntington Beach, CA. Kyle coauthored the paper with his mentors, Dr. L. Magnotti and Dr. M. Croce.
L. Yu Lin presented "Civil Engineering in U.S. vs China" to the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) at its monthly meeting on January 19. Dr. Lin used several cases studies and projects that he worked on in China to demonstrate the differences in engineering practices between the U.S. and China.

Shelby Roberts has joined the Graduate & Professional Studies Office in the position of Director of Dual Enrollment.


VAL-O-GRAMS ON SALE: The Black Student Association will be selling Val-O-Grams as a fundraiser this week. Val-O-Grams can be purchased for a very low cost in Buckman Quad between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday (February 14 and 16). Alfonso Dining Hall is the rain location.
BAKE SALE & INFORMATIONAL: The Alluring Ladies of Alpha Mu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will be having a bake sale on Monday (February 14) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the lobby of Alfonso Dining Hall. Bring your sweet tooth, wallet, and friends! Alpha Mu Chapter will also be holding its Spring Informational on Thursday (February 17) at 7:00 p.m. in St. Joseph 10. The attire is business casual, including something that makes you feel BLUTIFUL. Also, don't forget your unofficial transcripts. Any questions, please contact


2011-12 RESIDENT ASSISTANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: Deadline has been extended and the scholarship increased. Please stop by the Office of Student Life for an application and more information. Applications are due by February 22 at 4:30 p.m. If you haven’t lived on campus before but have leadership ability, we want you!
WHO'S WHO APPLICATIONS: Applications are now open for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. A nominee from Christian Brothers University is a student that is academically and philosophically prepared and capable of aiding today’s society. Thus, the member will have demonstrated a combination of academic excellence, community services, involvement in extracurricular activities, and the potential for continued success. Naturally, different members will have excelled in different areas, but all members are deemed as current and future beneficial contributors to our society. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 for undergraduates in junior or senior standing or 3.0 for graduate students is necessary to be considered. Please follow this link to submit your application: The deadline is February 18.


Want to become a part of a Top 10 Internship program? Want to work with one of "America’s Most Admired Companies"? Join Northwestern Mutual (Meeks Financial Group) on Tuesday, February 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Buckman Hall (Room TBA). Light refreshments will be provided along with information on this opportunity to intern in the insurance industry. Contact Kera Massey at or (901) 761-7794 to RSVP by February 16.


Deadline for applications for the Israel trip in June has been extended until March 1. Some scholarships of $500 are still available. A total of $1950 is due at this time. CBU students are eligible to go even if you do not need class credit. Family and friends are welcome on a space-available basis. The first summer term course offered by Dr. Scott Geis is "Religions of Abraham." See the Study Abroad website for full details and a presentation of some of the amazing sights. Contact Dr. Geis at or 321-3349  or Dr. Forsdick at 321-3461 or


The new Co-directors for the Memphis Diocese College Search Retreat have been selected for the November 2011 Search Retreat. They are: Jonathan Fili (CBU), Lindsey Lowry (U of M), Chad Martin (U of M), Lauren Murphy (CBU) and Cameron Volpe (CBU).  Congratulations to the new co-directors as they begin planning for the November Retreat which is open to college students in Memphis and throughout the state of Tennessee.
THANK YOU, CBU: Special thanks to ALL who have been so generous in dropping off food and clothes for the needy! The drop-off centers are at the entrance of the Alfonso Dining Hall and outside the Office of Campus Ministry in the Thomas Center.  The food and clothes are being given to Catholic Charities located on Jefferson and Cleveland Avenues.
SPRING BREAK FIRST IMMERSION EXPERIENCE: This Spring Break, students are being welcomed to the First Immersion Experience of working with refugees coming to Memphis through Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services. It will be a two day experience — for more details see Br. Rob in Campus Ministry.