vote CBU Mini-Baja
The CBU Mini-Baja team competed at the 2011 Baja SAE Kansas Regional Competition at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS on May 26-29. The team consisted of Mechanical Engineering students Jeremy Hopkins, Sam Noland, Conner Robinson, Sambhav Gada, and Jeffrey Dove. They competed with 86 teams from around the world in all the competitions except one. This event includes the best engineering and engineering technology students from across the nation. Students are challenged to work as a team and build an off-road vehicle to race through adverse conditions and rough terrain. 

Congratulations to the 342 CBU students named to the Spring 2011 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.

Robert Alekos (Electrical & Computer Engineering) received a $7,600 internship at the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program this summer at the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, MD. This is the Navy's center of excellence for ships and submarines and their systems. With unique laboratories and test facilities, large-scale land-based engineering and test sites, and at-sea measurement facilities throughout the United States, Carderock has been at the forefront of technologies vital to the success of the Navy and the maritime industry for more than a century. Robert actively participates in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers student branch and represents the student branch as a proctor in Science Olympiad events. In addition, he serves as secretary of the Society of Physics Students.
Demarcus Love (Finance '12) pitched ChooMoGo, the start-up company he founded with Abe Villarreal (Finance '12), at the Seed Hatchery's first Investor's Day event on June 2. Investor's Day was the culmination of a 90-day boot camp-style program created to help technology-based startups take their ideas from abstract sketches to an investable form. ChooMoGo is designing portable mobile-charging kiosks that will charge up a cellphone's battery in 10-15 minutes. While you wait, you can play games or check the news. For more information on Demarcus and Abe's project, visit (If the video below doesn't play or appear in your browser, email or mobile device, please click here.)

Chris Ragghianti (Psychology '09) has been accepted into the University of Memphis Master of Science in General Psychology program for Fall 2011.
Jim Schlimmer (VP of Enrollment Management) was a presenter at the 2011North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP) Conference at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA on June 5-8. The title of his presentation was "A Fresh Look at the Admissions Funnel: Assessing Your Admissions Funnel from Suspect to Enrollment and Creating a Plan to Support the Leaks."
Drew Wellman (Electrical & Computer Engineering/Computer Science '12) received a $5,000 ten-week 2011 NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholarship. The Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under a sub-award from the National Institute of Aerospace. Participants gain exciting hands-on research experience while working side-by-side with NASA's finest scientists and engineers who serve as mentors at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Drew actively participates in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student branch and serves as Secretary of the IEEE Student Branch. In addition, he is a member of the CBU Honors Program.
• CBU seniors Kara Jones (Psychology '12) and Matthew Charles (Biology '12) are the University's student representatives on the City of Memphis' new "Colleges of Memphis" initiative. The initiative's goals include more efficiently aligning the resources held by local colleges and universities with the needs of high-end business interests and retaining more of the talent that is either born here or comes to Memphis to get a college degree. To learn more about this new initiative, visit
The CBU Communications & Marketing department won two Communication Awards at the 2011 Tennessee College Public Relations Association Spring Conference Awards held May 20 in Chattanooga. CBU was awarded Gold in the Special Publication category for the "CMBA Brochure" and Silver in the Banner/Outdoor Media category for the Graduate & Professional Studies "Distinguish Yourself" billboard and transit series.
Dick Vitale, Barret Lecture Series
Above: ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale (center) with Reg Germany (left, Barret School of Banking Marketing Director) and Christopher Kelley (right, Barret School of Banking Executive Director) at the University Theater for the Paul W. Barret Jr. Annual Lecture Series on May 26. Vitale was the keynote speaker for the event, which is part of the Barret School's Annual Graduate School Session, held this year on May 22-27. (photo courtesy @DickieV on Twitpic)

The Office of Student Life is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 SGA Election. The Executive Cabinet for 2011-12 is composed of Robert Gibbs (President), Alex Parks (Vice-President of Senate), Thaddeus Williams (Vice-President of Finance), William Ryan Mitchell (Vice-President of Communications), and Michael Berry (President of the Student Activities Council). Senators for 2011-12 are Chasity Adams, Matthew Billings, Tierney Eaton, Jonathan Fili, Daniela Gomez, Carly Gordon, Dani Hobbs, Veronica Love, Michael Matande, Jeremiah Mooney, Dana Pabalate, Dustin Perry, Taylor Tartera, and Amanda Wilihite.

Danielle Wright (Psychology '10) and Tony Bownes (Electrical Engineering '10) are pleased to announce their engagement. The wedding is scheduled for November 19. Congratulations, Danielle and Tony!


Robert William Marshall passed away on May 21, 2011. Mr. Marshall is the father of Father Robert W. Marshall ('80) who is the Pastor at the Church of Ascension and delivered CBU's 2011 Baccalaureate Address. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Catholic Church of the Ascension or to the Boy Scouts of America. Please keep the Marshall family in your thoughts and prayers. An online guestbook is available through June 22.
Please join in a prayer of thanksgiving for the long lives of Marguerite and Ray Baker, parents of Laura Haddock (Business Office, '88) and Brother Chris Baker ('77). Marguerite passed away on May 19 at Methodist University Hospital, and Ray died on May 24 in hospice care at Methodist University Hospital. They are also survived by three other children — Stephen Ray Baker, Julia Baker Bell, and Timothy Ray Baker. The family requests that any memorials be made to the Poor Clares, the Salvation Army, or a charity of the donor's choice. Please keep the Baker family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Laura in care of Campus Box 103.
F. Gail Gros, sister of Brother Jeff Gros, passed away June 1 at Methodist Hospital Germantown. Daughter of the late Faye D. and Jeff Gros, she is also survived by Sister Joye Gros, OP of St. Louis. MO. Gail skated for Holiday on Ice, worked for Delta Airlines and Accudata. She was a devout member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a member of the Rosary Makers' Ministry there. The family requests memorials be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace (2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219), Christian Brothers University, or the charity of the donor's choice. Please keep Brother Jeff and his family in your thoughts and prayers. An online guestbook is open until July 2.
David Brandon, husband of Jenny Brandon and father of Nell Brandon (Graphic Design '13), Russell Brandon (Psychology '09), and Kären Brandon (English '07), passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at Baptist Memorial Hospital on June 2. The Brandon family extends their thanks to the CBU Community for all of the love and support they have received these past months. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be sent to Campus Box 101.
Barbara Kyle, longtime switchboard operator at CBU, retired, died on June 5. Condolences can be sent to her son, Scot McDowell, at 4949 Durbin, Memphis 38122.


Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, who has served as the Special Assistant to the President since arriving at CBU in July 2010, has been appointed Vice President for Student Life. The offices of Campus Safety, Campus Ministry, and Counseling will return to Student Life.
Dr. Jack Hargett, who served as the Associate Academic Vice President for the past six years, has been appointed Dean of the School of Business. The Registrar's Office and the Plough Memorial Library will now report to Dr. Frank Buscher, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Brother Michael Schmelzer has been appointed Director of Living and Learning Communities/Center. Brother Michael is a professor of Graduate Education at CBU and has been a member of the faculty for six years. He will also serve as coordinator of the Freshmen Experience Living Learning Community.


Karen Stricklen Viotti (BSBA '02) has joined the Office of Advancement in the position of Director of Alumni & Annual Giving. She comes to CBU from American Liver Foundation, where she served as Mid South Division Vice President since 2008.
Cathy Williams has joined the Department of Athletics in the position of Assistant Athletic Trainer.


Library hours for the Summer Sessions will be reduced. From May 31 through August 21, regular hours will be:
• Mondays-Thursday:, 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
• Fridays: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• Saturdays: Closed
• Sundays: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
There are some exceptions, such as Summer Orientations (June 27 and July 3) when the Library will remain open until 10:00 p.m. Click here for details. If instructors want to schedule a library class or a tour at a time outside of regular hours, please contact Kay Cunningham at to arrange a time.
CBU Bookstore regular summer hours are:
• Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
• Fridays: 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Extended hours for Summer Orientation and Summer Terms will be on these dates:
• Monday & Tuesday, June 13 & 14: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
• July 5-7 & July 11: 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
• Friday, July  22: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


ANGELO LUCCHESI BROADCAST: WKNO-TV will premiere "A Conversation with Angelo Lucchesi" on Wednesday (June 15) at 6:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. Luchessi, first salesman of Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Whiskey, was honored for his 90th birthday with a special edition bottle of Old No. 7 displaying his name and story. The broadcast is made possible by Christian Brothers High School and Great Wines and Spirits.
CBU NURSING OPEN HOUSE: CBU is holding its first Open House for the new RN to BSN Program Tuesday, June 21, 4:00-7:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences. Applications are currently being accepted for the program's first cohort which begins in August. For more information on the Open House or how to enroll in CBU's new BSN program, visit or call (901) 321-3291.
EDUCATOR'S DISCOUNT TO NASHVILLE PRODUCTION: All educators are invited to see the production of  Always…Patsy Cline at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for special discounted admission of just $20 for performances on July 15-17. Ordering the discounted tickets is easy – just use promotion code APCED when you order tickets online at or call (615) 871-OPRY.


Tobacco Free CampusThe countdown is at hand!! Only 49 days before Christian Brothers University officially become a tobacco-free campus. Beginning August 1, the use of tobacco products will only be allowed in designated areas, the locations to be announced soon. You can go to the website to get more information on the initiative, including the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, programs and services and resources. Questions regarding the initiative can be addressed to Karen Conway-Barnett at or Ken Massa at


What are some benefits of a Tobacco Free Campus?
• Supports community efforts to reduce or eliminate tobacco use in public settings
• Eliminates second-hand smoke from around building entrances.
• Eliminates litter from cigarette butts and other debris.
• May encourage some tobacco users to stop a harmful habit.
• Prepares CBU students to cope with future employment in tobacco-free environments.
• Sets a positive example for high school students and young children who are often on campus.
• Reduces risk of fires caused by cigarette smoking


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