vote ESGR Seven Seals Award
Carl Lambert, Chair of Tennessee Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), presented the ESGR Seven Seals Award to Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, in appreciation for CBU's hosting of an Employment Assistance Workshop conducted in conjunction with the US Department of Labor in December. Dr. Smarrelli also signed the ESGR Statement of Support, pledging CBU's continuing support of our Guard and Reserve members.


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.
DELTA SIGMA PI RECRUITMENT: Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity for men and women, is conducting their recruitment week starting Thursday (January 12) and running through Thursday, January 19. DSP will holding events to meet the chapter and get to know more about the fraternity. To find out more info, visit the table on the bottom floor of Buckman Hall or contact
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 >>>
BOOKSTORE HOURS: The CBU Bookstore is 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.

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Congratulations to the 342 CBU students named to the Fall 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.


Clint Browne Clint Browne (Men's Soccer) has been named the South Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, after guiding the Bucs to their most successful season since joining the NCAA. The Bucs' 15-4-1 overall record was the best in school history, and the Bucs' 5-0 GSC record was both the school's first-ever perfect conference record and the the first outright regular-season GSC crown. The Bucs finished the season ranked No. 19 after climbing as high as No. 7 during the season, the highest mark in school history. Browne was also the GSC Coach of the Year for the second time, an honor he also earned in 2005.
CBU's volunteers for the the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign (see the December 12 edition of the CBU Connection) on December 9-10 raised a total of $692.46. To put that amount in perspective, it will pay for 32 nights of lodging and 64 meals for a homeless woman. Kudos to CBU's bell ringers!


Dr. Gregory A. Sedrick has joined the School of Engineering as Director of Graduate Engineering and Clinical Professor.


ART EXHIBITIONS: "Preserve & Protect," an exhibition of work by clay artist Nancy White is on display in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery through February 17. White is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Memphis. In addition, "Vicissitudes" by Norman Soskel is on exhibit in the foyer of the gallery. More>>>
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 >>>

DISCOUNTS FOR CBU AIR TRAVELERS: FastPark & Relax is offering a discounted parking rate for all CBU students, alumni, faculty and staff. The cost is $7.75/day, compared to the airport parking at $11/day. They keep track of how many days you stay based on their rewards card. After eight days, you get one FREE. After 40 days, you get a FREE WEEK's worth of parking. FastPark & Relax offers an easy and fast way to get their preferred rate. Sign up at


Four workshop sessions will be offered during January and February to help at-risk students toward a more successful college experience in areas of basic study skills techniques, helpful resources, self-assessment, self-motivation, etc. The sessions will be conducted by Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling, and held on Thursdays as follows: January 19, January 26, February 2 and February 9 in the Thomas Center Conference Room, 1:00-1:50 p.m. The sessions are designed for students who have the desire and commitment to become a more successful student. Interested students are urged to attend all four sessions.


THE NEXT LEVEL: Is your money going up in smoke? Does smoking affect your appearance, complexion, hygiene? Does smoking limit your chances in the current job market? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions and want to quit the use of tobacco products, the following resources are for you.

Smoking Cessation Classes: Mr. Joseph Sanders of the American Cancer Society will conduct cessation classes on January 26, February 9, February 23, March 12, March 22, April 8 and April 26 at 1:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room.
Tobacco Free Support Groups: A tobacco-free support group meets every Wednesday
at 12:30 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room.
Nicotine Patches: Visit Health Resources, located in the Thomas Center, for nicotine patches while supplies last.
Video Resources: Visit Plough Library's Films On Demand site and type in your topic (i.e., tobacco products, smoking, etc). Here's a good example of what's available:

(If the video above does not appear in your browser, email or mobile device, click here.)
NICOTINE ANONYMOUS: Nicotine Anonymous is a program offering group support and recovery using a 12-step program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to help participants quit using tobacco. Information about meetings is available by phone at (877) 879-6422 or online at


Guide to Life After CollegeAttention Juniors & Seniors: Did you know that having a less than perfect credit score can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime? Start your financial life off on the right foot by signing up for the 8-week pilot class "Life After College" in spring 2012. These eight hours could change your future.

The 50-minute, non-credit class will be offered at two convenient times of your choosing — Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. or Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. — and will be taught by CBU alumni. If you are interested in participating in this pilot class, please consider these times when arranging your spring class schedule. You will only need to attend one of the classes each week.

Below is a list of topics for the course that you deemed "very important" as you prepare for the real world outside of CBU:
Finding a job
What to expect and How to succeed in your first 90 days
Budgeting/Creating a savings plan
How to tackle student loan debt
Credit scores, credit cards, and credit reports
Pursuing a graduate education
How to define a true professional

SGA is covering the cost of the complementing book,'s Guide to Life After College, FREE for all students who sign up for the course!

Click here to register for the class today.


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.


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.
COUNSELING CENTER FORUM: A forum addressing stress, depression, and suicide prevention will be offered on Tuesday, January 24 in Spain Auditorium, 1:00–1:50 p.m. The presentation will be made by Dr. David Goldstein, CBU's consulting psychologist. The CBU community is invited to attend.
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 >>

(11-2, 2-0 GSC)
Bucs 81, University of West Florida 77 (at Pensacola, FL)
Bucs 80, Valdosta State University 79 (OT; at Valdosta, GA)
01/05: Lady Bucs 38,
University of West Florida 47 (at Pensacola, FL)
Lady Bucs 42, Valdosta State University 57 (at Valdosta, GA)



01/12: University of West Alabama (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
01/14: University of West Georgia (Canale Arena; 4:00 p.m.)
01/12: University of West Alabama (Canale Arena; 5:00 p.m.)
01/14: University of West Georgia (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)