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BUC SQUAD: President John Smarrelli joined students in the "Red Zone" at the Buccaneer basketball game in Canale Arena after handing out free "Buc Squad" t-shirts on January 14. GO BUCS!


CBU VOLUNTEER FAIR: Interested in participating in community service for the spring semester? The Office of Mission and Identity will host a Volunteer Fair on Tuesday (January 24) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Organizations attending include the Mid-South Food Bank, Methodist Hospital, Catholic Charities and many more. Freshmen interested in completing the ten hours needed for the White House Interfaith Initiative should attend!
AUTOZONE BUSINESS PRESENTATION: Matt Harrell ('08), Jesse Cohen and LaWanna Holiday will be presenting on the AutoZone business, various Finance department functions, 2012 summer internships and full-time opportunities at AutoZone Corporate in Montesi Executive Center at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday (January 24). All current and rising Junior/Seniors business majors and MBA students are welcome to attend.
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.
CPA REVIEW COURSE INFORMATION: Becker Professional Education, in conjunction with the CBU chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, is offering a CPA Review Course Informational Session on Friday (January 27) in Spain Auditorium, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Becker is recognized as a global leader in professional education and its CPA Exam Review is the largest and longest-running review program worldwide. This event will enlighten students on the advantages of taking a review course before sitting for the CPA exam. It will also provide information on CFA, CPE and Project Management courses. For more information, contact Tayannia Kerr at or call Becker Professional Education at (877) CPA-EXAM.
NEW BALLET ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE: The New Ballet Ensemble, in collaboration with the Rhodes College CODA Program, will present L'Histoire du Soldat in the University Theater on Saturday (January 28) at 8:00 p.m. The production, with musicians from the Memphis Symphony playing a score by Stravinsky, combines theater, symphonic music and dance. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5.00 for CBU and Rhodes faculty and staff, and free for students with ID. 


Dr. Stan Eisen (Biology) gave a presentation on "What a Freshman-level University Biology Class Looks Like," with an emphasis on evolution, on January 17 at Evangelical Christian School as part of their Worldview course.
Stacie Hoover (Psychology '10) has been accepted into the Master's Program in Behavioral Analysis and Therapy at Southern Illinois University.
Demarcus Love (Business Administration '12) was selected as one of The Memphis Flyer's "20<30: Twenty Young Memphians Who are Shaping the City's Future." The article was the cover story in the January 19 edition of the Flyer.
Anthony Maranise (Religion & Philosophy '11) has recently released his new book entitled Faith-Filled Fragments, with publishing affiliates. In the book, he navigates his experiences with cancer at a young age in order to explore the depth and value of human life lived "for Christ." purchase page>>
The Gulf South Conference named six CBU student-athletes to its Academic All-GSC teams, and 39 CBU student-athletes earned a spot on the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll. David Skull and Yannick Skull represent CBU on the men's soccer team; Jennifer Hale in women's soccer; Corinne Doder and Kelsey Miles for volleyball; and Alex Shipp in cross country.


David Palmer has joined CBU as the new Dean of Information Technology Services. David has an extensive and impressive background in information technology management in the corporate world. He comes to CBU from Hilton Worldwide.


Jim Simmons, husband of JoEllen Simmons (Admissions, Retired), passed away on January 15. A memorial service will be held in the Pollard Chapel at Bellevue Baptist Church on Friday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to JoEllen at 1814 Wildcat Bottom Road, Red Banks, MS 38661.
Paul Jones ('05) passed away Thursday morning, January 19. Visitation will be Sunday, January 22 at 12:30 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home (5599 Poplar), with a funeral to follow at 2:00 p.m. Please keep the Jones family in your thoughts and prayers.


Castings 2011CASTINGS CALL: Want to see your name in lights (or at least in print)? Want to win fame and fortune through your creativity? Submit your work to Castings, CBU's premiere literary magazine. You could win prize money in four genres: prose, poetry, digital photography and fine art. Email all work to by February 1. See your work in print and become the student writer/artist in residence at CBU!
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>>>


If you have a credit on your account, the first Spring ERefunds will be processed on January 31 for those students who have signed up in CashNet by 4:30 p.m. on January 30. This ERefund process will ACH the funds into the student's bank account no later than Friday, February 3.

Paper Refund Checks will be available for pick up or mail on Friday, February 3 after 12:00 noon, for all Refund Requests we have on file no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 1. Check your account in Bannerweb periodically to see if you have a credit.

For new students who are expecting to get a refund, you will need to go to the CashNet program to set up ERefunds, or you can come by the Business Office and fill out a Refund Request Form.

For Parent Plus Refunds, we must have a letter or an email on file from the parent informing us who is going to receive the refund.


February 6: 2nd 8-week Spring 2012 Registration reopens
February 10: Last Day to Withdraw from the 1st 8-week Spring 2012 Session
March 22: Last Day to Withdraw from the 16-week Spring 2012 Session
April 13: Last Day to Withdraw from the 2nd 8-week Spring 2012 Session


February 7: "HEALTHY VS. UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE," a forum led by Officer Carey Carter, Assistant Director of CBU Campus Safety (Spain Auditorium; 1:00–1:50 p.m.)
February 14: "ANIMAL COGNITION," a forum led by Dr. Rena Durr, CBU Professor of Behavioral Sciences (Spain Auditorium; 1:00–1:50 p.m.)
March 20: "LUNCH 'N LEARN MEETING ON AUTISM," presented by Dr. Wendy Ashcroft and Dr. Nancy Wilder, CBU Department of Education (Sabbatini Lounge; 12:15–1:00 p.m.)
March 12-21: APPLICATION TIME FOR 2012-2013 PEER COUNSELORS! Basic criteria include a 2.5 cumulative GPA (minimum), school spirit, positive role model, leadership capabilities, etc. Applications will be available in the Counseling Center, March 14-24.
May 3: MASSAGE THERAPY (During final exams) — Location to be announced!


Dr. Sue Trzynka and seven students in the CBU Nursing Program — Brianna Barnett, Aleisha Curry, Christen Coleman, Clark Gwaltney, Bob Schroeder, Ramelle Wheeler and Erica Williams — are making a mission trip to Haiti in March in conjunction with the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership through Holy Communion Church, where they will working at St. Vincent's School, an orphanage and special-needs school. They are requesting donations from the CBU Community to help in this mission:

Coloring books for children of all ages, crayons, pencils, paper notebooks
Hair ribbons, holders, clips of all sizes for the girls and caps for the boys.
Hygiene kits: soap, toothbrushes (all sizes), toothpaste, washcloths, combs (large teeth are best), quart size Ziplock bags
Over-the-counter medications — the school always needs liquid and tablet Tylenol for the infants, children, and adults. Also other pain medications, Bandaids, vitamins with iron for infants, children and adults.
Money to help with the expense of the baggage, tips for porters, meals in the airport, etc.

Contact Dr. Trzynka at (901) 321-3465 or for more info. Donation boxes will soon be available in the Nursing Program office (Buckman Hall 303), outside Dr. Trzynka's office (Cooper-Wilson 314) and in Alfonso Dining Hall.


Lasallian Leadrship Signs "Standing for Children"
The Lasallian leadership in the USA-Toronto Region signing the public statement “Standing for Children” before a gathering of over 250 Lasallian educators: (l-r) Brother Timothy Coldwell (Provincial, New Orleans-Santa Fe District), Brother Larry Schatz (Provincial, Midwest District; CBU Trustee), Brother Dennis Malloy (Provincial, District of Eastern North America) and Brother Robert Schieler (General Councilor). Not pictured is Brother Donald Johanson (Provincial, San Francisco District).

The leadership of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in the USA-Toronto Region has given its full support for the promotion and protection of the rights of children with the signing of a statement (Standing for Children: A Statement of the Provincial Leaders) advocating and committing themselves to helping children achieve their full human dignity. The public signing was held on November 19, 2011 before a national gathering of over 250 Lasallian educators in Washington, DC.

This public expression of support and solidarity for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted in 1989 and ratified by all countries — except the United States and Somalia — calls upon political and religious leaders, as well as civil society organizations in this country and throughout the world, to move towards achieving real progress in the protection of children's rights. Today, 14.1 million children in the U.S. are economically poor and much work remains to be done.

The defense of the rights of children has become a focus of the Lasallian Mission since the turn of the 21st century with the release of the Pastoral Letter from the late Superior General Brother John Johnston to the Brothers and to all members of the Lasallian Family in 1999. A year later the delegates to the 43rd General Chapter of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools overwhelmingly endorsed this initiative. Since that time there have been educational and formation events promoting the Defense of the Rights of the Child in the United States-Toronto Region, culminating in the April 2010 Lasallian Convocation at the United Nations.

"Jesus Was Indignant — Are We?" by Brother John Johnston (Presentation at Huether Lasallian Workshop 30: Promoting the Rights of Children, November 15, 2001)


February 1: Soul Food Day and Entertainment, 11:00 a.m.-:1:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining  Hall; entertainment starts at 12:00
February 1: African American Art Exhibit in Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m.-:1:30 p.m.
February 8: Movie Night, Last King Of Scotland at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium
February 16: Brown Bag Luncheon Panel Discussion on  "The Underground Railroad: Is there ever a reason to break the Law for Justice?" in Sabbatini Lounge, 12:30 p.m. The facilitator will be Reverend Herbert Lester of the Southern Leadership Conference, with a panel of CBU staff and students.
February 21: Black History Month Trivia in Maurelian Lounge, 7:00 p.m.
February 25: "A Tribute to Black History Month," CBU staff, students and guests pay tribute to Black History Month through a variety of talents, 7:00 p.m. Location TBA.


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 >>>

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President is Wednesday, February 29 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.


FARM TO TABLE CONFERENCE: The second annual Farm to Table Conference for Mid-South Producers will take place on February 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation Conference Center (20 South Dudley). The conference is designed to provide a forum for farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and other interested groups to discuss ideas for developing the local food system of Memphis and the Mid-South.  The conference will feature sessions on a variety of important topics for the local food system – from marketing produce to grocery stores, schools and restaurants, to vegetable production, community supported agriculture, new farm start-ups, and food policy.  A networking lunch will provide attendees the chance to further develop relationships and collaborative opportunities. Online registration can be found at Brown Paper Tickets, or email Chris Peterson at for a registration form.
STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP FOR HR EXECUTIVES: CBU is sponsoring the presentation by HR Professionals of Greater Memphis and SHRM-Memphis of the first of four HR seminars for 2012 on February 16 at the Crescent Club, 3:30-5:30 p.m. "What you really need to know to prepare for health care reform's impact on employer sponsored health plans" will teach about a new tool that will help you determine whether to use the State Health Care Exchange or continue with your current plan; what plan sponsors need to know about 408(b)(2) disclosures and fee disclosures to participants in 2012; about the new social media screening tool that provides a comprehensive candidate profile compliant with FCRA, Title VII, and state laws; how different potential Supreme Court decisions could effect health reform's impact on employer plans; and much, much more. The keynote speaker will be Bob Radecki, President of Benefit Comply, a health and welfare plan compliance consulting firm located in Minneapolis. A wine and cheese reception will follow the seminar. Pre-registration is required. To register, RSVP to Cost is $45 for SHRM members and $50 for non-SHRM members.

(14-3, 5-1 GSC)
Bucs 79, University of North Alabama 51 (at Canale Arena)
Bucs 65,
University of Alabama-Huntsville 74 (at Huntsville, AL)
Lady Bucs 51, University of North Alabama 42 (at Canale Arena)
Lady Bucs 58,
University of Alabama-Huntsville 76 (at Huntsville, AL)



02/28: Delta State University (Canale Arena; 4:00 p.m.)
02/28: Delta State University (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)