vote College Search Retreat
COLLEGE SEARCH: More than 60 college students from CBU, University of Memphis, Rhodes, and Southwest Tennessee Community College attended the 4th annual College Search Retreat on November 18-20 at John Kyle State Park in Sardis, MS. The theme for this year's student-led retreat was "Signs: Searching for Christian Maturity." Team-building activities, student shared talks and small group discussion, reflection and meditation time were planned and carried out with the theme of the retreat. College Search 2011 was a huge success, thanks in part to the support of several Memphis Diocese parishes and the faculty, staff and community of Christian Brothers at CBU. This support made it possible for no student to be turned away due to lack of funds.


ART EXHIBITIONS OPEN FRIDAY: "Preserve & Protect," an exhibition of work by clay artist Nancy White will open in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery on Friday (January 6), 5:30-7:30 p.m. White is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Memphis. In addition, "Vicissitudes" by Norman Soskel will be on exhibit in the foyer of the gallery. Both exhibits will be displayed through February 17. More>>>
BOOKSTORE HOURS: The CBU Bookstore is open this week, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and will be open Sunday (January 8) from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. It will be open extended hours January 9-12 and January 17-18, 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, January 14, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Bookstore will be closed on January 16.


Excellence in Construction Award
The new Living Learning Center at CBU has been recognized by the West Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors with an "Excellence in Construction Award" in the Institutional $5-10 Million category. Pictured above: Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, receives the award from Montgomery Martin of Montgomery Martin Contractors, builders of the Center.
Dr. Stan Eisen (Biology) has had an article accepted for publication in the science humor publication, Journal of Irreproducible Results. The title is "Sleeping in Class is a Risk Factor for Low Grades."
Chris Peterson (Religion & Philosophy '10) has been hired as executive director of GrowMemphis, a nonprofit organization launched in 2007 by the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. The mission of GrowMemphis is to create productive and educational urban community gardens that provide the resources for members of the community to grow fresh and nutritious food that will give people tools and skills to develop and enhance their own communities. Chris was one of the founders of the CBU Community Garden and a member of the 2010 class of Lasallian Fellows.
The Pi-Epsilon chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was featured in the Fall 2011 edition of The TEKE, the national magazine of the fraternity. The issue also featured a a photo of David Vaughn (History '12) receiving an award for the Pi-Epsilon chapter for raising the most funds in the national fraternity for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Dr. Cort Casey has joined the School of Arts and Department of Education as an Assistant Professor of Education.


2012 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME: The CBU Athletic Hall of Fame has announced that seven new members will be inducted at its Hall of Fame Banquet on February 3. CBU's Hall of Fame Class of 2012 is Wendy Cook (Soccer, 1994-96), Rob Inman (Baseball, 1977-79), Desi Owens (Basketball and Volleyball, 1981-85), Jeff Sanders (Basketball, 1976-80), Doug Schenkel (Soccer, 1989-92), Lynda Simpson (Volleyball and Basketball Coach, 1984-89) and David Woodmansee (Baseball, 1982-85). The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on February 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $40 each, and a table of eight is $320. More info >>>

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Garden Tools NeededThe Social Justice Committee and students in Dr. Benjamin Jordan's "Introduction to Sustainability" course are asking members of the CBU Community to donate gently used gardening tools to benefit an effort by the Social Justice Committee and Brother Michael Schmelzer (Director of Learning Communities) to restore the CBU Community Garden. Tools that would be helpful include gardening gloves, rakes, hoes and shovels. If you or anyone you know has any of these tools sitting around at home, please consider donating them. There are donation boxes for gardening gloves by the Computer Center and in the entrance of Kenrick Hall. You can leave rakes, shovels and hoes at the Community Garden (between Stritch Hall and the Signaigo Bridge). If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bryana Polk at or (901) 462-5143, Mario Sauceda at or Matt Strong at or (901) 857-5283.


Mrs. Estrella Lopez, mother of Moises Lopez (Physical Plant), died on December 13. Please keep the Lopez family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Moises at Campus Box 10.


Memphis/Shelby Achieves
, a joint effort of city and county government, is recruiting its initial class of volunteer mentors. Under the tnAchieves umbrella, Memphis/Shelby Achieves provides an opportunity for public high school seniors to receive up to $3000 for Southwest Tennessee Community College or Tennessee Technology Center tuition. The heart of the program is the mentoring component. Mentors act as encouragers to first-generation college attendees. Essentially, the mentor attempts to eliminate the barriers as the student transitions from high school to college.

Mentors are responsible for completing one, 30-minute mandatory training session where they will learn to guide students through the application process as well as ensure they meet financial aid and college registration deadlines. To accomplish this, mentors will also be asked to meet or communicate with students as least twice a month beginning in January 2012.

If you are interested in spending only 10 hours annually to make a difference in the lives of some very deserving but underserved students from our community, please complete the tnAchieves mentor application form at It is important to note that you will be subject to a background check.

For additional information, check tnAchieves PushCard and tnAchievesBook. If you have further questions, please email Kaci Murley ('10) at or call (901) 258-2177.


Flo RoachPRESENTATION BY ACTRESS FLO ROACH: Flo Roach, a local actress who appeared in the film The Help, will speak to the BSN student cohort on Wednesday, January 11, at 4:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The open discussion will also be open to the entire CBU community. Ms. Roach will discuss growing up in Mississippi with a reflection on race relations then and now, on working as a housekeeper in segregated Robinsonville, MS and then being in the movie adaptation of The Help. She has performed on stage, in movies, training videos, TV/radio, commercials and at special events. Since her retirement from Memphis City Schools, she has opened her own theater and music publishing companies, Ettaro Theater Company and Ettaro Music Publishing. More information on Ms. Roach is available at
MLK PRAYER SERVICE: The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service will be held Thursday, January 12, at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The speaker will be Reverend Stanley Gates, Pastor of Circle of Faith Christian Center, and special musical selections will be provided by the CBU community.
SPRING TRIVIA NIGHT: CBU and the National Alumni Board will host Trivia Night on Friday, January 13 in Alfonso Dining Hall. CBU's own Trivia King, Brother Ignatius Brown, will emcee. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the competition begins at 7:30 p.m. Register online at, or contact Karen Viotti at (901) 321-3254 or More info >>>
BRAIN GROWTH & EDUCATION FUNDING: The CBU Department of Education and MBA Program, in conjunction with the Urban Child Institute, will present "Brain Growth & Education Funding" on January 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Katy Spurlock, Director of Education & Dissemination for Urban Child Institute, will lead the discussion on the needs of children between ages 0-3 and how we can effect change in the Mid-South. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Free and open to the public.
VANDERHAAR SYMPOSIUM: The annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium will be held in the University Theater on March 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Professor Emerita of Christian Social Ethics and Theology at Drew University, will speak on the topic "Compassion & Solidarity: Struggling for Justice, Building Peace." As a Hispanic theologian, she is an innovator of Hispanic theology in general and specifically of Mujerista theology. More info on Dr. Isasi-Diaz >>

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Bucs 81, University of Central Oklahoma 62 (at Las Vegas, NV)
Bucs 79, St. Mary's University of Texas 72 (at Las Vegas, NV)
Bucs 78, University of New Orleans 68 (at New Orleans, LA)
12/16: Lady Bucs 39,
Freed-Hardeman University 55 (at Canale Arena)
Lady Bucs 67, Blue Mountain College 61 (at Canale Arena)
01/02: Lady Bucs 48,
Ouachita Baptist University 67 (at Canale Arena)



01/05: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 7:00 p.m.)
01/07: Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA; 7:00 p.m.)
01/05: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 5:00 p.m.)
01/07: Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA; 5:00 p.m.)