vote Welcome Class of 2015
PICTURED ABOVE at the Welcome Picnic for the Class of 2015 — (l-r) Michael J. Berry, President of Student Activities Council (SAC); Robert Gibbs, SGA President; Carly Gordon, Welcome Back Week Coordinator for SAC; Alex Park, SGA VP of the Senate; Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU President; Ryan Mitchell, SGA VP of Communication; and Thaddeus Williams, SGA VP of Finance. Additional photos from Welcome Weekend are on Facebook >>>


Welcome Back Service Fair: Monday in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Student Government is teaming up with the Office of Student Life to bring representatives from many local service organizations to the Quad. Students will have the opportunity to talk to these representatives, and sign up to serve the local community.
Midtown Food Fest: Tuesday in Central Parking Lot, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
A shuttle service will provide transportation to and from the Cooper-Young district in the heart of Midtown to experience the local cuisine. The first shuttles will be leaving from Central Lot at 6:00 p.m., and will run continuously until 7:30 p.m. The shuttle will continue to pick up students for return to CBU until 9:00 p.m. The last bus to leave Cooper-Young will depart at 9:00 p.m.
Maurelian Movie Series Kick-Off: Wednesday on Maurelian Lawn, 8:30 p.m.
Stay out after dark and have a ball at the first of many movies on the Maurelian Lawn. To start this year's movie series, we are proud to present a special showing of Green Lantern. Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, and friends for an evening under the stars watching a movie on the big screen. Light refreshments will be provided by Aramark.
Club Fair: Thursday in Buckman Quad, 3:15-5:00 p.m.
Find out about all the student clubs and organizations at CBU and join in the fun!
Welcome Back Pool Party: Canale Pool, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
The pool will stay open late for the pool party this year. Food, beverage, and beer (21+) will be provided for those in attendance. Sanga, who made their debut at Sofapalooza in 2009, will return to campus for a live concert on Nolan Field.
Back to School Bash: Saturday in Central Parking Lot, 8:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Buses will begin leaving Central Lot beginning at 8:30 for a night off campus to celebrate the successful start of a new year! Buses will run from CBU to the venue (and back to CBU) until 1:00 a.m. Be sure to have your Student ID in order to board the bus.

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MEN'S SOCCER TRYOUTS: Any incoming students interested in trying out for the CBU men's soccer team are invited to try out Monday (August 22) at 2:00 p.m. For more information on the tryout, including mandatory paperwork that must be completed prior to participating, please contact Coach Clint Browne at or AT 321-3377.
BOOKSTORE NEWS & EXTENDED HOURS: The CBU Bookstore will be open extended hours for the beginning of the semester on these dates:
Monday-Thursday, August 22-25 — 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 27 — 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, August 29-30 — 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Bookstore will also add extended hours of operation at the end of each semester to accommodate evening students with rental check in.

Rent-A-Text has company! Follett's Caféscribe offers digital textbooks at prices up to 40%-60% less than new textbooks and can be downloaded to PCs and Macs using Caféscribe's reader Myscribe. The CBU Bookstore have several e-books to offer students from Biology to Spanish.
CBU GOLF TEAM SCRAMBLE: The Buccaneer and Lady Buc golf teams are holding a scramble at Quail Ridge on Thursday (August 25). Shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $400/team or $100/individual. If you are interested please contact Dave Belcher at (901) 647-2930 or, or Kellye Chrestman at (901) 351-1889 or
BACK TO SCHOOL TRIVIA NIGHT: Brother Ignatius Brown, CBU's own world-renowned quiz master, will once again host the ever-popular Trivia Night in Alfonso Dining Hall on Saturday (August 27). Doors open at 7:00 p.m. , first question at 7:30. Pre-register your team of 6-8 people before August 25 for $15 per person. After August 25, registration is $20 per person. BYOB/BYOF: Free soft drinks and bar snacks will be provided. Community tables will be available for individuals and walk-ins. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the event, and prizes will be awarded for all members of the first and second place teams. All proceeds from Trivia Night benefit the National Alumni Board Scholarship. Register online at or contact the Alumni office at 321-3254 for more information.
ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS: The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery is exhibiting "Selections from the Metal Museum" through October 14. The exhibition is comprised of objects from the permanent collection of the National Ornamental Metal Museum and pieces on loan from local artists. In the foyer of the gallery, a collection of photography by Paula Cravens is on exhibit. Also, new additions to the Beverly and Sam Ross Studio Glass Collection are displayed on the main floor of the Plough Library.


• August 26: Last day to drop a course
• August 27: Withdrawal period begins
• September 23: Last day to withdraw from a first 8-week class
• November 3: Last day to withdraw from a 16-week class


Dr. Tracie Burke Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences/Honors Program), pictured at left with CBU President John Smarrelli Jr., was honored with the 2011 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the CBU Community Convocation on August 18. The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Eligible nominees must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, and exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.
Dr. Anna Ross (Biology) was recognized by the School of Sciences with the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Professor Award for 2011. The award was presented at the CBU Community Convocation on August 18. The award is given annually in tribute to a School of Sciences professor who exemplifies excellence in teaching effectiveness; service to the department, university, and students; professional growth; and administration.
Dr. Dennis Merat (Chemistry) and Dr. Ben Jordan (History) were recognized, respectively, as Outstanding Advisor of the Year and Outstanding New Advisor of the Year at the CBU Community Convocation on August 18. The award is presented by Academic Services to faculty members who go above and beyond to serve as academic advisors to CBU students.

Additional photos from the CBU Community Convocation are available online at Flickr >>>
Alpha Sigma Tau Anchor The Delta Chi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau at CBU was featured on the cover of the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of Anchor, the sorority's national magazine (pictured at left). An article in the magazine covered the chapter's Big Sis/Little Sis retreat and Valentine's Day Social with the Phi Chapter in Hammonds, LA.
The Pi-Epsilon Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at CBU was recognized at the fraternity's 56th Biennial Conclave as one of twelve "Top Teke" chapters in the country. The chapter was also recognized as the top fundraising chapter nationally for its work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Dr. Samantha Alperin (Education) and Ray Karasek (Administration & Finance) attended the Lasallian Leadership Institute at Lewis University July 17-24. The Lasallian Leadership Institute integrates and promotes the Lasallian heritage in the personal and professional lives of ministry leaders as future catalysts of the Lasallian mission. The three-year program consists of a one-week session during the summer and a weekend session in the fall and in the spring.
Dr. David Dault (Religion & Philosophy) traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark in July to present a paper on "The Bible as 'Remembering Machine': Encoding Protestant Identity through Printed Scripture" at the International Association for Media and History conference.
Luther Headley (Aramark Facility Services) received the Organizational Readiness Award at a regional summit of Aramark collegiate facility managers held at the University of Tennessee in July.
Ashley Jones (Psychology '11) has been accepted into the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Memphis.
Andrew Morgret (Accounting) assisted with the 66th Overton Park Junior Open Golf Tournament by working as a Volunteer Marshall each of the four days of the event (July 25–28).
Paige Pirkey (Psychology '10) has been accepted into the Master of Science in General Psychology program at the University of Memphis.
Brian Thompson ('97) is running for Mayor of Arlington, TN. He has been an Arlington Alderman since 2005 and currently serves as Chairman of the Design Review Committee and the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Arlington municipal election is scheduled for September 15.
Jessie Wortham (ECC '10) has been admitted to the Higher Education Student Affairs master's program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She's working as a graduate assistant at their Academic Center for Excellence.
• Congratulations to the following freshmen who have been accepted into the Christian Brothers University Honors Program: Leonardo Avalos, Jordan Bintz, Logan Butler, Kanin Coolican, Katie Daugherty, John Dawson, Angelo Donati, Nadia Earle, Melaine Fee, Jared Gillaspie, Lauren Harrett, Nichole Hopper, Miles Malone, Nick McKee, Derrick Miles, William Norman, Jennifer Pearman, Jimmy Nguyen, Nick Picou, Ashley Reed, Damien Stevenson, Tyler Stranburg, Ethan Taylor, William Walsh, Mandy Wang, Paige Wilson, Jessica Woods, and John (JD) Wolfe. Other recent additions to the Honors Program include Camille Caparas, Allison Davis, Gracie Duncan, Hope Gilbertson, and Jordan Smith.
CBU made history along with 250 other colleges and universities as it convened at the nation's capital for the first meeting of The President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. The theme for the day was the historical significance of this meeting, the first of its kind, bringing together colleges and universities from across the country who had formulated plans for interfaith and community service on their campuses. By participating in the Challenge, CBU will be integrating a yearlong Freshmen Immersion Service initiative for incoming students beginning this fall. The goal of CBU's Initiative is to help students build an understanding of different communities and to contribute to the common good. Through this Challenge, CBU is incorporating ways for students to be exposed to different religions and cultures so that they can become well rounded citizens. Focusing on combating domestic poverty and educational opportunity, CBU students will volunteer tutoring hours with De La Salle Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and the Refugee Empowerment Program throughout the year. Pictured at left is Dr. Evelyn McDonald, CBU VP for Mission and Identity (right), at the White House with Reva L. Hoosier-Thomas, Administrative Analyst for the Office of General Counsel. More info>>>


Brother Joel Baumeyer (Mathematics) has been granted the title of Professor Emeritus.
Dr. William Busler (Chemistry) has been granted the title of Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Maureen O'Brien (Behavioral Sciences) has been granted tenure.
Dr. Kristin Prien (Management/Marketing/Economics) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.
Brother Edward Salgado (Biology) has been granted the title of Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Rodney Vogl (Behavioral Sciences) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.
Julie Yancey has been appointed the Director of Graduate & Professional Studies.


Dr. Mary Frances Campbell has joined the School of Arts as Visiting Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences.
John Davis has joined the Physician Assistant Program as Instructor of Physician Assistant Studies.
Dr. James Edwin Moore has joined the School of Sciences as Assistant Professor of Biology.
Dr. Stuart Polly has joined the Physician Assistant Program as Professor and Medical Director for Physician Assistant Studies.
Dr. Anthony R. Trimboli has joined the School of Sciences as Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
Gary Tooley has joined the Physician Assistant Program as Assistant Professor for Physician Assistant Studies.


EBSCONetLibrary, Plough Library’s largest collection of online books, is now one of the EBSCOHost databases, and as such, it has a new interface and a new name. You’ll find the database listed as EBSCO Ebooks on the Library website’s Databases list.  All EBSCOHost functions apply to the Ebooks. Citations for each title can be generated in AMA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard, MLA, and Vancouver styles; citations can also be exported to RefWorks. Printing is much improved; up to 60 pages per title are allowable, and EBSCO includes a print management box that tracks the number of pages remaining available. Notemaking is available with a personal registration (free). Permalinks include CBU’s ezproxy prefix, making it easy to create links to titles; just copy-and-paste.
      The collection can be searched as a free-standing database, through the library catalog, or in combination with any of EBSCO’s subject specific databases—Businsess Source Premier, CINAHL, ERIC, PsycINFO, etc. Use the “Change Database” link to open the list of EBSCO databases and select the resources you want to use in a simultaneous search.
Film on DemandPlough Library’s newest online resource is the streaming video collection, Films on Demand, made up of thousands of educational and documentary films. Business, mathematics, health, medicine, social sciences, and humanities are among the categories of material available. Among the content are staged versions of classic plays (Sophocles, Shakespeare, Moliere), opera and ballet performances, medical case studies, CLIO award-winning advertisements, math skills reviews, Spanish language lessons, historic newsreel footage, specials from news organizations (ABC, BBC, NBC), and more. Descriptive summaries are included with each film; some of the films include closed captioning.
    Search the collection directly from its link on the Library’s Databases Page or use BUCCAT, the Library Catalog. Films are available 24/7 and can be used in the classroom and in courseware. Off-campus access requires viewers to log-in, when prompted, with their CBU email username and password.
     Links can be made to a film, either in whole or in part. Just be sure to use the link—not the embed feature, and use the link provided in the descriptive matter along with each video. CBU’s ezproxy prefix is automatically included with the URLs, and the prefix is required for off-campus access. Personal accounts can be set up by individuals who want to mark favorites or create playlists within the database.


It is that time of year again to register for the Christian Brothers University Mass Notification System.

Even if you had registered for the service last year, please register again due to the system being purged to ensure quality service and notification accuracy.

CBU encourages all students, faculty and staff to register and update their emergency contact number(s) in the mass notification system, the University's primary emergency notification system. Although college campuses are usually safe places, emergencies and disasters do occur. CBU is committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies.
The mass notification system allows students, faculty and staff to receive emergency messages on multiple devices.
Individuals may identify as many as three telephone numbers and one CBU email address (automatically) for receiving emergency notifications. Both voice and text messages can be sent to cell phones. To register or update your information, a valid CBU email account is required. Registration or updating your information is simple and straightforward. Simply visit our Registration Page and follow the instructions.

If you do not wish to receive emergency notifications, simply do not fill out this form.

Other than periodic tests, this system will only be used for emergencies requiring immediate action on the part of the CBU community. If you have further questions on the system or registration, please contact the Department of Campus Safety at or (901) 321-3550.


Tobacco Free CampusEffective August 1, 2011, tobacco products will only be allowed in clearly visibly marked tobacco use areas. No one may smoke along any pathway or walkway leading to or from the designated smoking area, nor may individuals smoke at the picnic tables nor outdoors in any of the grassy areas or the parking lots. While CBU makes these designated areas available to smokers, it in no way has any legal responsibility to do so. Any individual who chooses to use these smoking areas do so at their own risk. No additional breaks are allowed to any employee who smokes. Finally, smokers and users of tobacco products must dispose of the remains in the proper containers. This helps to keep a neat and clean environment for all employees, students, visitors and customers.

Designated Smoking Areas will be at these locations:
• East of Oakdale Capstone Apartments (on Hollywood side)
• Northwest of O'Hara Hall (by dumpsters)
• Northwest side of Maurelian Hall (between Maurelian & Parkway)
• Behind the Living Learning Center (facing the railroad tracks)
• South side of Nolan Engineering Center (inside fenced area)
• Between St. Benilde and Battersby Halls (by the exterior stairs)
• Behind CBU Maintenance
• South of Stritch Hall (by De La Salle/Stritch Chapel)
• West of Avery Apartments (facing Oakdale)
A map and photos of the locations will be posted online at the Tobacco-Free Initiative website.

Enforcement of this policy will depend upon the cooperation of all faculty, staff, student and visitors not only to comply with this policy, but also to encourage others to comply with the policy, in order to promote a healthy environment in which to work, study and live.

MORE INFORMATION on the policy and the Tobacco-Free Initiative may be found online here. Questions regarding the initiative can be addressed to Karen Conway-Barnett at or Ken Massa at


COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President is Tuesday, October 25 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.
400 YEARS OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE: The Catholic Roundtable at CBU will join with other area institutions to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible this fall. The Catholic Roundtable will present a lecture by Dr. Ellie Bagley about the Catholic responses to the King James Version on Monday, October 24, in Spain Auditorium. Bagley, an Assistant Professor of Religion at Middlebury College, is the author of a soon-to-be-published book entitled Catholic Critics of the King James Bible, 1611-1911. Other local events scheduled to celebrate the 400th anniversary can be found at

08/27: Alumni Bucs (Exhibition; Signaigo Field; 5:00 p.m.)
08/28: Hendrix College (Exhibition; Conway, AR; 1:00 p.m.)
08/27: Alumni Scrimmage (Canale Arena; 6:00 p.m.)