TUESDAY IS PLAY DAY! Shakespeare was a PLAYwright, he wrote for PLAYers, who performed in PLAYhouses! The Tennessee Shakespeare Company has been presenting "Playshops" in Kenrick Hall for the past twp weeks. More than thirty students from different CBU disciplines participated in this amazing experience last Tuesday. The final Playshop will be presented Tuesday (February 22) at 12:45 p.m. in Kenrick 200. Everyone is invited to attend but must make a reservation with Dr. Elizabeth Broadwell at at (901) 321-4114 or Free pizza will be served at 12:15 p.m. Come join in the play! Experience Shakespeare as the Elizabethans did—with dancing, fighting, music, collaboration, and wordPLAY! PHOTO BY MATTHEW HAMNER


D'Army BaileyD'ARMY BAILEY LECTURE: Black History Month continues at CBU as D’Army Bailey, civil rights activist and former Circuit Court Judge, will present "The Story of a Journey" on Tuesday (February 22) at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Judge Bailey is founder of the National Civil Rights Museum, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was slain in 1968. His 1993 book, Mine Eyes Have Seen: Dr. Martin Luther King’s Final Journey, focused on that period. A new book, The Education of a Black Radical: A Southern Civil Rights Activist's Journey 1959-1964 (with Dr. Roger Easson, CBU Professor of Literature; LSU Press 2009), recalls Bailey’s own history in the civil rights movement. Bailey is also an actor, having appeared in films such as Mystery Train, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Forty Shades of Blue, and Cigarette Girl.
BOOKSTORE CLOSED: The CBU Bookstore will be closed for inventory on Wednesday morning (February 23). It will open after inventory is taken about 12:30 p.m.
IGNITE MEMPHIS 2: The CBU Alumni Association is co-sponsoring Ignite Memphis 2 in conjunction with Launch Memphis on Wednesday (February 23) at 6:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Ignite is a fast-paced event, which brings together local thought leaders for an informative and entertaining night of presentations aimed at bettering our community. A global phenomenon, Ignite nights are high-energy evenings of brief talks by people who have an idea and want to share it with their hometown crowd. The event will feature several speakers who are each given five minutes to share their personal and professional passions using 20 PowerPoint slides programmed to move every 15 seconds. Tickets are $15 and are available online at
AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM SERIES: The African-American Film Series will conclude with Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner on Wednesday (February 23) at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The Oscar-winning 1967 film is the story of a white couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black.
CHICK-FIL-A THURSDAY AT CBU: How about having a delicious Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich on campus? Well, make sure to bring cash on Thursday (February 24). Between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Delta Sigma Pi will be selling Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches — yes, on campus! The chicken sandwiches will be sold in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center by the Central Lot, and also in front of Buckman Hall. So remember to bring $3.50 each to enjoy tasty Chick-fil-A. See you for lunch!!
UP 'TIL DAWN LETTER-WRITING PARTY: Want one last chance to write some fundraising letters for St. Jude? All are invited to come out this Thursday (February 24) starting at 6:00 p.m. in Canale arena. Enjoy some CBU basketball and help the kids of St Jude as Up 'til Dawn hosts its final letter-writing party for the school year on the East Balcony (opposite the Skybox). For any questions, please contact Richard Boyette at
ONLINE COURSE EVALUATIONS: Online course evaluations for the first 8-week courses will close this Sunday (February 27). Don't miss out on your chance to win an iPod, Garmin, or a $50 gift card while helping to improve CBU - all students completing all their evaluations are entered to win. Just ask Herman Jorgenson, who was the winner of an Apple iPod Shuffle or Ethan Clapp, winner of a $50 gift card! Faculty that achieve a 90% response rate are also entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card! Click here to access the evaluations.

ART EXHIBIT: "Translated Landscapes," featuring paintings by Brian Taylor, runs through Thursday (February 24) in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library). Taylor is a graduate of the University of Memphis and is currently a Professor of Art at Shorter University in Rome, GA. (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.


Justin Edwards (Biochemistry '12), Vice-President of the CBU Chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society, received a 2011 Student Leadership Award from the American Chemical Society. He was only one of 17 students nationwide to receive this honor, which included an all-expense-paid trip to the 2011 American Chemical Society Leadership Institute held each year at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, TX.
Elisa Marus
Elisa Marus (Executive Director for Communications & Marketing) was recently honored by the Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South (SMS) for her three years of outstanding service on the Board of Directors. She is
pictured at left receiving the award from James Hutto, president of SMS.
Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe-Basogain (Electrical & Computer Engineering) conducted a week-long workshop in Tepic, Mexico, February 14-18. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation and the Mexican government as part of an international project for the integration of computers in K-12 education. This educational project is accompanied by a comprehensive infrastructure development, including electrification of remote schools, often with solar technology, as well as satellite internet access, computer networking, and interactive smartboards in every classroom.
Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. (CBU President) has been named to the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of West Tennessee.
The Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) held its annual student competition on February 12. Winners from CBU included Bridget Fowler (Studio Arts '11), 1st Place Jr. Women; Liz Kellicut (University Studies '12), 1st Place Musical Theatre-Upper Division; Brandon Mitchell-Duncan (English for Corporate Communications), 1st Place Freshman Men; and Jonathan Fili (Engineering Physics '13), 2nd Place Freshman Men. Teresa Griffith (’88) also won First Place in the Adult Intermediate Category. Also competing and receiving good scores were Amanda Willhite (Psychology '13), David Vaughn (History '12), and Michael Sanford (Mechanical Engineering '13).  These students all study voice with Tommy Gaines, Associate Professor of Music.
The TN Theta chapter of Alpha Chi has been selected by the national organization to receive a Star Chapter Award for the second year in a row — one of only 28 chapters selected in the U.S. The award will be presented at the 2011 National Convention in San Diego next month.
Tennesse Senators
Pictured above: Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. (CBU President, third from left) and Andrew Prislovsky (Vice President for Advancement, second form left) met with Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander (left) and Bob Corker (right) during a trip to Washington on February 1 for "Tennessee Tuesday" to discuss federal budget cut implications and projects to improve CBU for its students.


The Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University named two new members, Mark R. Giannini (Marketing '87) and James L. Reber (Accounting '82), at its February meeting. Giannini is the founder and chief executive officer of Service Assurance, the largest provider of technology support, IT outsourcing, and managed services in the Mid-South. Reber is president and chief executive officer of ICBA Securities, which is an institutional fixed income broker/dealer associated with Vining Sparks. More>>


Bettye K. Martin Brock, grandmother of Martin Brock (Events Management), died February 18 at Baptist East after a short illness. The funeral service will be held on Monday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m. at Family Funeral Care (4925 Summer Ave.). The family suggests memorials be sent to Martha's Manor (5137 Quince Rd., Memphis, TN 38117) or Central Baptist Church (5470 Raleigh LaGrange Rd., Bartlett, TN 38134). Please keep Martin and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Martin in care of Campus Box 31.


Prayers are requested for Kimberly Lindsey Norville (Psychology '00) and Matt Norville, who also attended CBU.  Kimberly had to have an emergency C-section on February 13 after suffering severe complications from an allergic reaction to medicine. She is in a medically-induced coma presently and will be on an artificial lung machine for several weeks. There have been some small signs of improvement, but they definitely need prayers. Kimberly is a member of Alpha Xi Delta; Matt is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. They currently reside in Germany, where Matt is serving in the Army. 

Please remember the family in your prayers. There has been a PO Box set up for cards and letters of encouragement:
Matt & Kimberly Norville
c/o The Swaneys
PO Box 1126
Mt. Juliet, TN  37122


Christian Brothers University is committed to providing commuter students with an experience as
rewarding as that of their resident student peers.
The following are areas on campus were commuters can relax between classes, visit with friends, and enjoy lunch or a cup of coffee:

Alfonso Dining Hall: Open during posted meal times to all students. Non-residents may purchase the all-you-can-eat meals individually or in a meal plan, consisting of 20 meal tickets. Contact the Director of Food Services for more information about the 20-meal plan tickets.
The Buccaneer Grill is also available for dining during the day and is equipped with computers for student use.
Canale Cafe: Located at the entrance to De La Salle Hall and Canale Arena. Students can enjoy television while snacking on a delicious meal and Starbucks coffee.
Plough Library: Comfortable seating areas are located on the first and third floor. Coffee and hot chocolate are available for 50¢. Video viewing rooms are also available.  
Computer Center: A variety of computers and printers are available for student use.
Cooper-Wilson Lounge, located on the second floor of the Cooper-Wilson Center, which is equipped with coffee, soft drinks, and snacks. Tables and couches are available .
Rozier and Maurelian Lounges, located on the bottom floor of their respective buildings, are available for commuter and resident student use—and are equipped with a big screen television and game tables. Snack and drink machines are also available.
Swashbuckler Fitness Center is located on the first floor of the Thomas Center. It includes a variety of cardio and strength training equipment. The Fitness Center is open daily.

Please look for the March edition of the Commuters Connect Newsletter for more information on
Commuter programs and services. Email to address question regarding commuter services and programs.

Commuters Have the DRIVE to succeed!


The President's Ambassador Program is recruiting new members for the 2011-2012 academic year. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions. Please contact Rebecca Harrington at or Everrett Smith at for more details.


Tobacco Free Campus

WANT TO QUIT SMOKING? Join the Tobacco-Free Support Group!

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Thomas Center Conference Room
Patches and gum are available upon request in the Health Center for support group attendees. Please contact Dianne Kramer at for information

HOW I GAVE UP SMOKING by Ken Massa (Director of Human Resources)
I began smoking at the tender age of 13. It seemed like a rite of passage into manhood to smoke, and so a few buddies and myself would smoke a cigarette each evening. As I became ready for high school. that number had grown to about five a day; when I began my freshman year at Loyola University in New Orleans, my habit had increased to a pack a day.
    After college I joined the Army and upon graduating flight school, I was sent to Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. Not only was I now in a combat zone, but by then my smoking had increased to 1 1/2 packs a day. As a result, I also suffered from severe bronchitis. It was at that point I made my mind up to quit smoking. I gave all my cigarettes to the members of my crew, making them “promise” not to give them back to me, which they gladly did.
    After several failed attempts at trying to quit and trying to get my cigarettes back, I came up with a plan. I bought a package of Picayune unfiltered cigarettes. I hated smoking unfiltered cigarettes, and smoking a Picayune cigarette was like smoking cardboard. I carried the unopened cigarettes around in the sleeve of my flight suit, and every time the urge to smoke hit me I took those Picayune cigarettes out and looked at them. The idea of smoking them was not at all inviting to me, but just having them on me calmed the panic I felt when I had no cigarettes at my disposal. Several weeks passed and the package became squashed and worn, thus increasing my revulsion to smoke them whenever I took them out.
    After one month, I found I no longer needed to carry the cigarettes — although I did still have an urge to smoke (although it had decreased) at certain times of the day. It took about one year to completely get over the Pavlov’s dog response for a cigarette, but I have never wanted one since. By the way, I never again had a problem with bronchitis, and besides being healthier, I figure I saved a bunch of money in the years since.
    Glad to be smoke-free.


Moodle Gmail Microsoft Exchange
Over Spring Break, Information Technology Services will change moodle logins over to the student and faculty active directory passwords.
This is the same password that students use for CBU Gmail and faculty use for Outlook. Students who have not converted yet to CBU Gmail can click here to set up a password for your upgraded account. Then visit the CBU webmail site and follow the links for Gmail. Faculty who have not converted to Outlook should contact the Help Desk (321-4438 or to schedule a conversion.