Valentine by Brother FranciscoST. VALENTINE, HOLY PRIEST OF ROME
St. Valentine, holy priest of Rome, assisted the Christian prisoners during their persecution by Emperor Claudius II (Claudius the Cruel) in the third century. Claudius, in order to recruit the male populace into the army, cancelled all marriages and engagements within city of Rome. St. Valentine, however, continued to perform wedding ceremonies in secret. When he was discovered, St. Valentine was apprehended, stoned and then beheaded. According to tradition, he corresponded by letters from prison to his parishioners. According to some sources, Valentine fell in love with the blind daughter of the jailer, named Julia, who visited him. It is said that Valentine miraculously restored the girl's sight. Before his execution, Valentine sent a farewell message to Julia with a closing that has now transcended time: "From Your Valentine." The Saint was executed on February 14, circa 269 AD. — from Brother Francisco Valentín Martín


VALENTINE'S DAY AT THE BOOKSTORE: Visit the Bookstore and enter to win a fabulous prize in their Valentine's Raffle! The winning name will be picked Tuesday morning (Valentine's Day). Then stop into the Bookstore on Valentine's Day and receive a happy!
ALPHA SIGMA TAU RECRUITMENT & VALENTINE'S DAY SALE: Alpha Sigma Tau will be having a Recruitment Event on Monday (February 13) in Sabbatini Lounge at 6:00 p.m. Come out and meet the sisters of Alpha Sigma Tau! Questions? Contact Megan at or check them out on Facebook: Alpha Sigma Tau - Delta Chi Chapter. Alpha Sigma Tau will also be conducting a Valentine's Day Sale in Alfonso Dining Hall on Monday (February 13). Stop by and order a flower to be hand-delivered on Valentine's Day! If you can't make it to the cafeteria, contact Elantra at or Gaby at to place your order!
VALENTINE'S DAY BENEFIT CONCERT: Dr. Stan Eisen's campus band, The Tripods, will play its annual Lunchtime Benefit Concert for LeBonheur Children's Medical Center in Alfonso Dining Hall on Tuesday (February 14), starting at 12 noon. Your attendance (and your contributions) will be appreciated.
BIOLOGY SEMINAR: Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald will present an open seminar on "Neural Control of Choroidal Blood Flow" on Tuesday (February 14) at 1:00 p.m. in Assisi Hall 153.
ONLINE EVALUATIONS ARE ON! Online course evaluations for the first 8-week term are now open! Your thoughtful assessment is needed. As a bonus, students completing ALL of their evaluations will be entered in a drawing for a great prize. Just ask Kimberly Snyder (MBA '12), last semester's winner! To access the online evaluation form, click here.
COUNSELING CENTER FORUM: Dr. Rena Durr, CBU Professor of Behavioral Sciences, will lead a forum on "Animal Cognition" on Tuesday (February 14) in Spain Auditorium; 1:00–1:50 p.m. Click here for a full schedule of this spring's Counseling Center Forums.>>
DEFERRED PAYMENT PLAN INSTALLMENT DUE: The second payment of the Semester Payment Plan is due by Wednesday (February 15). If you cannot find your payment schedule, just pay 1/3 of your current balance. Remember to view your bills in CashNet.
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 Thursday (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.
LAST CHANCE FOR ART EXHIBITS: "Preserve & Protect," an exhibition of work by clay artist Nancy White in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery closes Friday (February 17). White is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Memphis. "Vicissitudes" by Norman Soskel, on exhibit in the foyer of the gallery, also closes Friday.
Pink BasketballPINK-OUT BASKETBALL GAME: Zeta Tau Alpha will host its 4th Annual Pink-Out Basketball Game on Sunday, (February 19) during the Lady Bucs and Buccaneers' games against Alabama-Huntsville in Canale Arena. Raffles will be sold for $1 and there will be a variety of gift cards for the winners. The game is free for students and $5 for the public. All of the proceeds go to breast cancer awareness and education, and everyone should wear pink to support breast cancer awareness! The Lady Bucs play at 2:00 p.m. and the Bucs follow at 4:00 p.m.


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 16: Fox 13 News political analysts Ben Ferguson and Joseph Kyles will discuss the topic of "Race and Politics in America" in Spain Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Ferguson is recognized across America from his appearances on shows such as Larry King Live and The O'Reilly Factor, and continues to receive national exposure from regular appearances on many, cable news networks, including CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FNC and Fox Business Channel. Kyles serves as the executive producer and host of the Memphis-based weekly community talk radio show Rainbow Push Live on AM 1340 WLOK.  
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. in the University Theater.


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


Lansmont, a leading package test equipment company, has posted an article entitled "Research for Improved Healthcare Product Distribution Packaging" on their website. The article highlights a research project performed at CBU's Healthcare Packaging Consortium on plastic tote study. This on-going project is sponsored by Merck. It also has a link to an article entitled "Plastic Tote Drop Impact Study" written by CBU researchers which was published last month in the IoPP Journal of Packaging. The Lansmont article can be viewed here. >>
Tennessee Senators
President John Smarrelli and members of the CBU Advancement Office met with Tennessee Congressmen and Senators regarding the importance of CBU to both Memphis and the State of Tennessee, January 29-February 1. Pictured above (l-r) are Andrew Prislovsky (VP for Advancement), Dr. Smarrelli, Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Bob Corker, and Bob Arnold (Director of Grants & Research).
also joined other Presidents and Mission officers of the U.S. Lasallian colleges and universities along with fellow Catholic higher education leadership for the annual meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, January 27-30, in Washington, DC. The meeting focused on the theme "Catholic Higher Education & Culture: Advancing Gospel Values and Cultivating Civility." The meeting tackled controversial subjects including immigration, interfaith dialogue, and pro-life and social justice issues. More information is available at the Christian Brothers Conference website.


Dr. Leigh C. Becker (Mathematics), T. A. Burton (Northwest Research Institute), and I. K. Purnaras (University of Ioannina, Greece) coauthored a research paper entitled "Singular integral equations, Liapunov functionals, and resolvents" that will appear soon in Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods & Applications, 75 (2012), pp. 3277-3291. During the summer and the fall semester, Dr. Becker has reviewed four papers for the journals Applied Mathematics and Computation, Journal of Integral Equations and Applications, and Nonlinear Analysis.
Buccaneer basketball guard Scott Dennis (Business Administration '12) earned his second Gulf South Conference Player of the Week award of the season for the period ending February 9. He averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, shooting 64 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from three-point range for the week.
Buccaneer soccer goalkeeper Jaime Garcia (Business Administration '14) of San Salvador, El Salvador, was selected to the qualifying pool for the El Salvador Under-23 National Team for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March. El Salvador will compete in Group A games at LP Field in Nashville on March 22-26, where they will face Canada, Cuba and the United States. The top two teams in Group A advance to the knockout stage in Kansas City. The two finalists advance to the 2012 Olympics in London this summer.
Samantha Noland
Samantha Noland (Mechanical Engineering/Religion and Philosophy '12), pictured above, presented her paper on "Engineering Metaphysics: The Application of Pragmatism" at the Tristate Undergraduate Philosophy Symposium on February 11 at Hendrix College.

Times Square

Joseph Rosenberger, grandfather of Kristy Rosenberger (Mechanical Engineering '12), passed away February 8. The funeral mass will be said 10:00 a.m. Monday (February 13) at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 8455 Germantown Road in Olive Branch. Please keep Kristy and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association; online condolences may be made at


Hygiene Kits for HaitiDr. 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 had planned on distributing 350 hygiene kits (soap, toothbrushes (all sizes), toothpaste, washcloths, combs, etc.) to the children and adults at St. Vincent. Their original supplier for hygiene kits to distribute at the school is now unable to provide them.

Therefore the Nursing Program DESPERATELY NEEDS help obtaining the following supplies:

Toothbrushes (infant to adult size) Toothpaste (large tubes) Combs Large bars of soap

Donations of art/craft supplies (yarn, crayons, paper, coloring books, beads, string, paint and brushes) are also needed.

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


March 20: "LUNCH 'N LEARN MEETING ON AUTISM," presented by Dr. Wendy Ashcroft and Dr. Nancy Wilder, CBU Department of Education (Thomas Center Conference Room; 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!


Reserved For CBU License Get a premium campus parking option with your purchase of a premium State of Tennessee CBU License Plate! Two reserved parking places in each faculty/staff lot and two in the Central lot have been added to say "Thanks!" to the drivers who show their CBU pride everywhere they go.

CBU tags are readily available and do a great service to CBU through their visibility within the community. To get yours, all you have to do is visit the downtown Shelby County Clerk's Office at 150 East Washington Avenue or call your closest branch office to have a plate sent there for your convenience. The cost is only $35 per year and you DO NOT have to wait for your current tag to expire — the difference will be pro-rated based on your remaining months.

For more information or renewals or purchases, please visit the Shelby County Clerk's website.

Thanks a Latte!As a special incentive, anyone who purchases a new plate in the next 30 days will receive a special CBU prize package from the Alumni Office. To claim your reward, please bring proof of registration with you (you will not have to leave it) and stop by Barry Hall 101 anytime.

If you do not have a CBU tag, please DO NOT PARK in the reserved spaces. Campus Safety will be issuing warnings at first and will ask you to move your car immediately.

If you have any questions, please call the Alumni Office at 321-3270.


Opera Doesn't SuckOPERA DOESN'T SUCK: Contrary to what your teachers and parents have said, opera isn't good for you. It is not your daily serving of vegetables. It has no vitamins or minerals. It is filled with murderers, prostitutes, adulterers and hot, sweaty gypsies. Opera will melt your face off with its awesome intensity. Fear it. Worship it. Embrace it. Kill it before it strikes again. Join the performers of Opera Memphis on Monday, February 20 in Spain Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. for a CBU community presentation that will convince all doubters that, indeed, opera doesn't suck. Sponsored by the CBU Honors Program and the School of Arts.
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.
ART FACULTY EXHIBITION OPENING: "Light in the Wetlands," an exhibition of recent paintings by Pam Hassler (Visual & Performing Arts/Adjunct), will open at L Ross Gallery (5040 Sanderlin) with a public reception on Friday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through March 31.
Tony EarlyCBU READERS' SERIES: Novelist Tony Earley will give a reading on March 22 in Spain Auditorium at 7:00 p.m., as part of the CBU Readers' Series. Earley is the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English at Vanderbilt. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and has taught at Vanderbilt since 1997. He has been named one of the "twenty best young fiction writers in America" by The New Yorker and one of the "Best of Young American Novelists" by Granta. His books include a collection of short stores, Here We Are in Paradise: Stories (1994); a novel, Jim the Boy (2002); and a collection of personal essays, Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True (2001). His stories have also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire and Best American Short Stories.
SPRING THEATRE PRODUCTION: CBU's Visual & Performing Arts Department will present Almost, Maine by John Cariani on March 30-31 at 7:00 p.m. and on April 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Cariani employs elements of magical realism as he explores the mysteries of the human heart in this delightful comedy. On a Friday night in the middle of winter, residents of a small, mythical town in far northern Maine are falling in and out of love at an alarming rate. Knees are getting bruised; hearts are getting broken... but the bruises heal and hearts mend — almost — in what has been described as a "charming midwinter night's dream." Almost, Maine will leave you spent from laughter and thoroughly warmed from the inside out. General admission is $5.00; CBU faculty, staff and student admission is $1.00. Reservations are not needed. For more information, contact Matthew Hamner at or (901) 321-3026.
DR. RENA DURR'S "LAST LECTURE" - SAVE THE DATE: The Honors Program will present Dr. Rena Durr's "Last Lecture" on Tuesday, April 24, at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. In its fifth year at CBU, this event is always a memorable one. The "Last Lecture" may relate to the professor's academic work, other professional or life experience, or may be words of inspiration and advice for students — or all of the above. Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for this extraordinary event during which this esteemed Behavioral Sciences professor gives her "Last Lecture."


Community members are needed to serve as jurors for this year's ThinkShow!, a yearly district-wide exhibit of student work. Jurors can choose to go to any school, and can expect to spend approximately 2 -3 hours in their assigned school evaluating student projects. ThinkShow! is on March 1 this year; please consider coming out! Participation will provide a glimpse into the unique projects MCS students create with their teachers. Sign up online or contact Amanda McClusky, Library Information Specialist, Fairview Middle School at (901) 416-9510 or
Ada Maria Isasi-DiazVANDERHAAR SYMPOSIUM: The annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium will be held at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper) 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." Since the 1980s, Dr. Isasi-Diaz has focused on the elaboration of mujerista theology based on the religious understandings and practices of Latinas living in the U.S. She has lectured throughout the country as well as internationally on issues of justice, and Latina/o theology. She coauthored the first Latina theology book published in the U.S. For more information, visit

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Bucs 64,
University of West Alabama 69 (at Canale Arena)
Bucs 62, University of West Georgia 58 (at Canale Arena)
02/09: Lady Bucs 39,
University of West Alabama 53 (at Canale Arena)
02/11: Lady Bucs 54,
University of West Georgia 69 (at Canale Arena)
BASEBALL (1-2, 0-0 GSC)
02/08: Bucs 5,
Bethel University 9 (at Buc Field)
Bucs 3, William Woods University 2 (at Buc Field)
02/12: Bucs 3,
William Woods University 5 (at Buc Field)



02/16: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 8:00 p.m.)
02/19: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Canale Arena; 4:00 p.m.)
02/16: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 6:00 p.m.)
02/19: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)
02/13: William Woods University (Buc Field; 1:00 p.m.)
02/14: Harding University (Buc Field; 1:00 p.m.)
02/18: University of Northwestern Ohio (Buc Field; noon doubleheader)
02/19: University of Northwestern Ohio (Buc Field; 1:00 p.m.)
02/19-20: Frito-Lay/AT&T Intercollegiate Tournament (Philadelphia, MS)