vote Angels of the Catholic Schools
The Christian Brothers of the Midwest Province were honored by the Diocese of Memphis with the Angel of the Catholic Schools Award on May 5 at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. The award is is given annually o honor those who have made significant contributions to Catholic education in the Diocese. The Brothers were lauded as a strong presence in Catholic education in the Memphis area for 140 years. Pictured above (l-r) are Dr. Mary McDonald (Superintendent of Catholic Schools), Br. Joel McGraw, Br. Francisco Martin, Br. Louis Althaus, Br. Ignatius Brown, Br. Terence McLaughlin, Br. Dominic Ehrmantraut, Br. Henry Baldwin, Br. Michael Fugger, Br. Francis Carr (Provincial Visitor of the Midwest District), Br. Joel Baumeyer, Br. Jeffery Gros, Br. Chris Englert, Br. Robert Werle, Br. Rob Veselsky, and Br. Alan Parham.


SENIOR PARTY: Wednesday, May 11; 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Boswhit Courtyard. Come relax after exams are done and enjoy FREE food & beer on the Alumni Association. Be sure to pick up your FREE GIFT from the Alumni Office! Free Parking for Senior Party in Faculty/Staff Lot behind Canale Arena and the Visitor's Lot behind St. Joseph Hall.
COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL & REGALIA PICK-UP: Thursday, May 12; 6:00 p.m. at Signaigo Field. Attendance is mandatory for graduates. Free Parking is allowed in the Central Lot for Commencement Rehearsal, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY: Friday, May 13; 7:00 p.m. in Canale Arena; Baccalaureate speaker will be Father Robert Marshall, pastor at the Catholic Church of the Ascension. A reception will follow in the Boshwit Courtyard.
• Students: Line-up for Baccalaureate will be in Buckman Quad at 6:30 p.m. (Please wear regalia and hood only. Please do not bring your cap.)
• Parents and guests: Please proceed to Canale Arena for Baccalaureate service.
Free Parking is allowed in the Central Lot for Baccalaureate and other events, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES: Saturday, May 14; Signaigo Field. Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.
(Rain Location: Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.) A reception will follow in Buckman Quad. Free Parking is allowed in the Central Lot for Commencement, 6:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Please make sure all family members and guests have tickets to the Commencement Ceremony.
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The 2011 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest has been moved to Tiger Lane, at the former Fairgrounds across the street from the CBU campus. In order to help provide parking for the general public during this major event, the University Administration has decided that the Central Parking Lot will be utilized during hours that do not conflict with exams or Commencement Week events.

The Central Lot will be CLOSED to regular CBU permit parking, Wednesday-Saturday (May 11-14). All admittance to the University will be through the East Parkway entrance.
A Parking Fee of $20 per vehicle is being charged for the Central Lot. CBU permits WILL NOT be honored for free parking. Faculty and staff must park in the Resident Lot behind Maurelian Hall.
Fee parking will be suspended during Commencement Week events. BBQ Fest parking will not be allowed during those times. CBU Campus Safety will guard the Central Lot entrance to make sure this policy is strictly enforced.

Questions should be directed to Campus Safety at 321-3550 or


COMMENCEMENT WEEK TOURS: If you'd like a sneak peek at the interior of the new Living Learning Center, please contact Cyndy Benton in the Office of Administration & Finance at 321-3256 or to arrange for a guided tour of this facility.
GRIZZLIES WATCH PARTY ON THE LAWN: The Office of Residence Life will be sponsoring a Grizzlies Watch Party for Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs Round 2 on the Outside Screen on Maurelian Lawn on Monday night (May 9) at 8:30 p.m.
LANCE GRADUATION: A ceremony will take place in the Stritch Chapel celebrating the graduation of the seventh cohort of teachers from the Lasallian Association of New Catholic Educators (LANCE) on Saturday (May 14) at 2:00 p.m. The seventh cohort includes Marisa Behan, Claire Shea, Crystal Shelton, Grace Steele, and Tiffany Wentling. LANCE is a two-year program welcoming young college graduates who wish to serve as teachers in Catholic Schools. CBU formed a partnership with the Diocese of Memphis to begin this program in 2003. Participants in the program teach in Catholic Schools, live in community, support each other’s spiritual development and take courses at CBU to complete a Masters of Arts in Teaching.

Drew Wellman (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science '11) has received a $5,000 NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholarship for a ten-week research workshop at the Johns Hopkins University.

Board of Trustees May 2011

The CBU Board of Trustees held a reception on May 3 to honor the trustees who are ending their service to CBU and leaving the Board at the end of May. Pictured above (l-r) are Jerry Gillis, Dr. John Smarrelli (CBU President), Br. Francis Carr, James Harwood, Robert McEniry (Board Chairman), and John Pontius.


Dr. Claudio Toledo, who was instrumental in the formation and success of CBU's MHIRT program, has passed away in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Please remember him in your prayers and prayers, along with his family and friends in their time of loss.


The Spring 2011 Bell Tower magazine is now online — in full color!

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MAESC 2011

The School of Engineering and the School of Sciences hosted a very successful Mid-South Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC) on campus on May 3. The conference, with "Sustainability" as its theme, was co-hosted by the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Silgan Plastics was the conference corporate sponsor. The Memphis-area Joint Engineers Council, IEEE (Memphis Section), and Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) provided financial support for student registration fees. The conference was also co-sponsored by several other organizations. More than 120 people attended the conference from Allen & Hoshall, Christian Brothers University, City of Memphis, FedEx, Florida International University, Jack Tyler Engineering, Merck Consumer Care, Ozeryansky Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Silgan Plastics, Smith & Nephew, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Taylor Waller PLLC, Tennessee Concrete Association, Union University, University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee (Martin), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Wright Medical. An online post-conference proceedings will be available to the public in June at


Disitnguished Lasallian EducatorThe deadline for nominations for the Distinguished Lasallian Educator has been extended until May 30. Please send an email as soon as possible to with a possible nominee, and follow up with the paperwork by May 30. Thanks for your consideration of this award and the faculty or staff member who is deserving of this honor.

The Christian Brothers University Distinguished Lasallian Educator of 2011 award will be made in August at the Community Convocation. Following the practice of the Midwest District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, faculty, staff and administration members are eligible for this distinction. This award honors an educator on the Christian Brothers University campus who exemplifies the ideals of the Patron Saint of Teachers, St. John Baptist de La Salle, in the 21st century.

The requirements for nomination are:
1. The nominee has been a Lasallian educator for at least five years.
2. The nominee is actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education.
3. The nominee exemplifies the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle in his or her life, and demonstrates an enthusiasm for the Lasallian educational tradition.

The nomination form can be downloaded at:

Past awardees include Dr. Margerette Sather in 1995, Dr. Siripong Malasri in 1997, Mrs. Barbara Allard in 1998, Dr. Peter Limper and Dr. Ray Brown in 1999, Mr. Reginald Rodriguez in 2000, Mr. Tom Burk in 2001, Mr. Joe Nadicksbernd in 2002, Brother Joel Baumeyer in 2003, Ms. Sadie Lisenby in 2004, Dr. Stephen Grice in 2005, Dr. Mary Ogilvie in 2006, Dr. Margaret Miller in 2007, Mr. Jim Shannon in 2008, Dr. Anne Marie Wranovix in 2009, and Ms. Cathy Carter in 2010.


CBU, Thompson Dunavant and ServiceMaster are teaming up to present the Memphis Accounting Excellence Seminar Series at the ServiceMaster Training Center (3839 Forest Hill Irene Road). The inaugural course on "Ethics for Tennessee CPAs in Industry and Government" will be offered on May 16, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Led by Dr. Kathy Riggs of the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy and Lisa McKinney of the University of Alabama, this course presents the general ethics requirements of today’s practicing CPA. The Code of Professional Conduct of the AICPA will be reviewed and case studies will be presented and studied. Four CPE credits are available; no charge for Tennessee Specific Ethics and 2 CPE credits, $50 for General Ethics and 2 CPE credits. Click here for more information; registration is available online at


LVs RideThe Lasallian Volunteers and other Lasallians are participating in a cross-country bike ride (from Oregon to New Jersey) this summer to raise awareness of poverty and the Lasallian mission. LVs Ride is looking for cyclists from all over who are ready and willing to take up the challenge to fight poverty and spend part of their summer on an incredible journey cross country by bicycle. Volunteers can join us for the full route, a region, a few days or even from the comfort of their own town. Mario Ragghianti ('07) is a co-coordinator and a member of the national riding team, and Kelly Towns ('09) and Samantha Almanza ('09) have signed up as regional riders. If you're interested in joining the ride or sponsoring any of the riders, visit for more information.


The CBU Connection will appear monthly during the summer. It will be emailed and published online on June 13 and July 18. The Connection will return to its regular weekly schedule on August 22.