Roxana Saberi
The Honors Program attended a lecture at Hutchison School by Roxana Saberi on March 24. Saberi is an American journalist who was doing freelance work in Iran when she was arrested in January 2009 and unfairly accused of spying. She was released 100 days later and is now writing and speaking out for human rights and "prisoners of conscience" in Iran. Her book, Between Two Worlds, tells the story of her arrest and captivity in Iran. Pictured above with Saberi (center) are Daniela Gomez (Business Administration '12), Kathleen Nelson (Biology '11), John Tubbs (Chemistry '14), Amanda Willhite (Psychology '13), Salaam Halimah (Studio Art '14), Stephanie Jordan (Mechanical Engineering '14), Matt Vincent (Psychology '12), Johnny Blount (Religion & Philosophy '13), and Chase de Saint Felix (Religion & Philosophy '11). To learn more about Roxana Saberi, go to To learn more about the CBU Honors Program, visit


The CBU Student-Athlete Advisory Council is raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation — student-athletes will be in front of the Buc and outside Alfonso Dining Hall during lunch every day through Wednesday (March 30), collecting donations and selling raffle tickets. Thank you, CBU for supporting the Bucs and Make-A-Wish!
You've seen CSI, Bones, and Dr. G. Now meet Dr. C! At what is sure to be the most popular Honors Program event of the year, Dr. Karen Chancellor, Shelby County Medical Examiner, will speak on "The Quotidian Life of a Medical Examiner" at 7:00 p.m. on Monday (March 28) in Assisi Hall 153. Come see what it is really like to visit crime scenes, conduct autopsies, and determine cause of death. Open to the entire CBU Community.
DELTA SIGMA PI CAR WASH: Is your car dirty from all the pollen and the construction dust on campus? You can get it washed by Delta Sigma Pi on Wednesday (March 30), 2:00-5:00 p.m., for a donation of your choice! Come out and help support CBU's business fraternity. The carwash will be outside the Maintenance Building in the Residence Lot.
FACULTY/STAFF OPEN ENROLLMENT MEETINGS: Open Enrollment Meetings for employee benefits will be held on Thursday (March 31) in Spain Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. — please plan to attend one of them to learn about important plan changes and rate changes that will impact you and your family. Re-enrollment information will be discussed at this meeting in order to maintain your CBU insurance and benefits. If you wish to make any change in coverage for the coming year it will be necessary for you to complete a change form at this meeting. If you are unable to attend either of the scheduled meetings you must contact Human Resources as soon as possible at 321-3307 so alternative arrangements may be made. Meetings will last approximately one hour.
DESIGNATED SMOKING AREA FOCUS GROUP: The Tobacco Free Campus Initiative Committee wants your input for location of designated smoking areas at CBU. Join the discussion on Thursday (March 31) at 1:30 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room. There will be free build-your-own sundaes and a drawing for two door prizes! Contact if you have any questions.
ANIMAL CRUELTY AWARENESS TALK: John Robinson, director of operations for the Humane Society of Memphis, will be the guest speaker at the Alpha Sigma Tau Awareness Talk on "Dog Fighting and Animal Cruelty" to be held on Thursday (March 31) at 6:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Robinson will discuss the dangers dogs face every day in the City of Memphis.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Stations of the Cross will take place every Friday during Lent at 2:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel (Barry Hall).

Tau Kappa Epsilon invites everyone to attend its annual Nite of Life Fish Fry on Friday (April 1) 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center. A plate of catfish and fixin's is $7 — proceeds go to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

The CBU Visual and Performing Arts department will team up with Middle College High School to present the musical Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the University Theater Friday-Sunday (April 1-3). This popular musical is based on the 1970s Saturday morning cartoon and features well-known tunes such as "Conjunction, Junction," "I'm Just a Bill" and "The Great American Melting Pot." Showtimes are Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 7:00 p.m,. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Admission prices are $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for faculty, students, and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact Matthew Hamner at or (901) 321-3026.
PET ADOPTION FAIRPET ADOPTION FAIR & FAMILY DAY: Alpha Sigma Tau and the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County are holding the 1st Annual Midtown Memphis Adoption Fair and Family Day in the Buckman Quad on Saturday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. At the event, you will find delicious vendor food, games for all ages, raffle prizes, and PUPPIES AND KITTENS to be adopted. All games and vendors have a built-in donation requirement, so even if you have pets already, you can know that any fun you participate in will be going towards the good cause of buying food and paying for the needed surgeries of these rescued animals. Why go out and buy a pet when you can adopt one? Let’s create awareness in our community about the dangers of animal cruelty and neglect!

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.
ART GALLERY EXHIBIT: An exhibition of paintings by Julia Baker Bell will be on display in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library through April 14. MORE INFO>>
TOBACCO FREE SUPPORT GROUP: Every Wednesday in the Thomas Center Conference Room, 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome!


Spring Registration Upcoming Dates:
April 15: Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 8-week course
The Spring Final Exam schedules for Day Undergraduate and Graduate & Professional Studies are posted on the Web. Check it out here!
The Summer and Fall 2011course schedules are posted on the Web! Check it out! >>
Summer and Fall 2011 Registration Opening Dates:
April 4: Day Seniors and Juniors
April 6: Day Sophomores
April 8: Day Freshmen
Remember: ALL undergraduate students (Day and Professional Studies) must obtain their ALT PIN from their advisor in order to register for classes. There is a distinct ALT PIN for each semester — one for summer and a different one for fall.


Exceptional Sound
Pictured above is Exceptional Sound, CBU's premiere performing group, with Judge Bernice Donald of the United States District Court of West Tennessee. Exceptional Sound was invited by the court to sing the National Anthem for the quarterly induction of new citizens, which was held at the court house, and was the first group ever to sing for the ceremony. Exceptional Sound also presented a concert at All Saints Episcopal Church on March 20 as part of the church's Sunday evening concert series. MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Exceptional Sound will present a luncheon concert at the Bartlett Methodist Church (5676 Stage Road) on April 6 at noon as part of the "Music at Noon" concert series.
Dr. David Dault (Religion & Philosophy) presented a paper on "A Hospitality of Suspicion: Scriptural Reasoning and Material Scripture in the Tent of Meeting," at the Mid-Atlantic Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion in New Brunswick, NJ, March 17–18. He also presented a paper detailing his archival research in antique Bibles, "Hidden Among the Leaves: Battles for Protestant and Catholic Identity Across the First Pages of Printed Scripture," at the Southeastern Committee for the Study of Religion meeting in Louisville, KY, March 4-6. In May he will be speaking at Syracuse University, and in July he will present a paper at the International Association for Media and History meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Tommy Gaines (Music) presented a sacred concert at the Bartlett Methodist Church on March 23 as part of the church's "Music at Noon" concert series.
Dr. Jack Hargett (Academic Affairs) successfully defended his dissertation on March 25 and has been granted a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research with a concentration in Educational Research from the University of Memphis.


BLUE COAST BURRITO SUPPORTS AUTISM SPEAKS: Join Alpha Xi Delta every Monday night in the month of April, 4:00-9:00 p.m., at Blue Coast Burrito to support Autism Speaks! Just say "We're here for Autism Speaks" and Blue Coast will donate 10% of your bill to Autism Speaks. Please help by eating some good food!
JAIL-N-BAIL: Alpha Xi Delta will be hosting it's annual Jail-N-Bail on April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Buckman Quad. AZD will be selling warrants for $5 in front of Alfonso Dining Hall on April 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13 during lunch. A $10 donation will be required to be "bailed out." There will also be a dunk tank, snow cones, cotton candy, and a DJ. Lunch will be served outside if weather permits.
EPSILON MU ETA NEW MEMBERS: The Alpha Delta Chapter of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society, inducted seven new members on March 4: Jonathan Allen, Nicholas Brown, Derek Bossert, Heather Davis, Crystal Farmer, J. Garrett House, and Boris Kort-Packard.
ALPHA XI DELTA NEW MEMBERS: The ladies of Alpha Xi Delta are excited to welcome Jennifer Lo and Tonii Patrick, the two newest members of their sisterhood.


Light It Up BlueCBU and Alpha Xi Delta will join the global community of Light It Up Blue by lighting the University's landmark bell tower on East Parkway blue on April 1 and April 2 in honor of the fourth annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue was started in 2008 by Autism Speaks to raise awareness of autism, which affects 1 in 110 American children and 1 in 70 boys, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. CBU's bell tower joins notable landmarks around the world for Light It Up Blue: the Empire State Building in New York City, Sydney Opera House in Australia and Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, to name a few. 


Br. AlvaroBrother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, will visit CBU on April 7 and will be awarded the Maurelian Medal at a Presidential Meeting to be held in the University Theater on Thursday, April 7, 12:45-1:30 p.m. Named for Brother Maurelian Sheel, CBU’s founding president, the Maurelian Medal is one of the University's highest honors. Brother Álvaro will speak on the topic of "Mission: Together and By Association."
    Brother Álvaro joined the Central America district of the De La Salle Brothers in 1959 and attended Instituto San Pío X, Salamanca, Ciencias religiosas and Universidad La Salle de México, Filosofía. He taught and was involved in vocation work and held administration roles in the Central American district from 1981 to 1992. In 1992, he was elected Vicar General for the order, based in the motherhouse in Rome. He was elected to a seven-year term as Superior General of the Institute in 2000 (succeeding the late Brother John Johnston of Memphis) and re-elected in 2007 for another seven years.
    The entire CBU Community is welcome at this important event, one that gives all of us a chance to hear from the Brother responsible for the direction of the Lasallian Mission throughout the world.


Ally Gomez (Business Administration '08, Delta Sigma Pi), sister of Daniela Gomez (Business Administration '11), has recently been diagnosed with Lupus. She will be participating in the 2011 5k Walk for Lupus in Houston, TX and would love for the CBU community to support her by sponsoring her and/or donating to the cause. There are 1.5 million Americans who live with Lupus everyday and there is no cure for it. Here's a link to her blog which has information on how to donate and also on how to join her team if youre going to be in Houston on May 1.

Ally's Blog >>
Make a Donation to Ally's Walk for Lupus Team >>


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QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan, which is a five-year plan designed to improve student learning at CBU.
What's new about it?
The focus of our QEP is enhancing academic advising as an important way of improving student learning on CBU's campus.
Why should I care about it?
Every ten years, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reviews CBU's accreditation, and the QEP is a vital part of that process. More importantly, quality advising is a way of advancing our vision and mission as a Lasallian university.
What's next?
A committee representing SACS is visiting CBU this week to review our QEP and suggest possible ways to improve it.
Follow this link — or contact Dr. Scott Geis, QEP Chair, at (901) 321-3349 or


Silent Auction items are needed to auction at the Faculty/Staff Talent show, scheduled for Wednesday, April 6. Please check attics, basements, etc. and find items that you can donate to raise money for a scholarship(s) for a deserving De La Salle Elementary School student. Please email with your donations. If you want to donate cash, please make your check out to De La Salle Elementary School and forward to Karen Conway-Barnett.


Lenten ReflectionsThe Christian Brothers of the Midwest District has posted a 2011 Lenten Reflection booklet on its website at Two sizes are available; one is letter-size and the other is booklet size. Each day's Lenten reflection is also available for viewing on the Midwest District homepage if you prefer to access it online daily.

The reflection for Monday, March 28:
2 Kings 5: 1-15
Luke 4: 24-30


Psychology students at CBU are currently requesting volunteers for brief research participation. Contact Dr. Beth Nelson at to sign up or get more information.