Concrete Canoe
CONCRETE DOES FLOAT! Ever wonder how the students in the School of Engineering make those cool concrete canoes every year? Well, Dr. Siripong Malasri (Civil Engineering) has been documenting the process over the past few months and sharing his photos on Facebook. Here are a few from last week's pouring of the actual concrete — pictured at center are Civil Engineering majors McKenzie Shankle ('13), Kenderick Norris ('14) and Matthew Billings ('13).


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.
ASH WEDNESDAY: The Church will celebrate the beginning of the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday (February 22), which commemorates the period of preparation for the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. The Campus Ministry team will offer ashes to the CBU community several times during the day. Anyone is welcome to receive ashes at the times listed below.
• 7:30-8:15 a.m .— St. Joseph Chapel (Main floor of Barry Hall)
• 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. — Sabbatini Lounge (across from Alfonso Dining Hall)
• 5:00 p.m. — Daily Mass in Stritch/De La Salle Chapel
• 5:00-5:45 p.m. — Foyer of Buckman Hall
BLOOD DRIVE: CBU is hosting a Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday (February 22) in the Thomas Center Conference Room next to the Student Life Office, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome, but donors can also click here to make an appointment and jump to the front of the line.
Ray McGovernMIDDLE EAST POLICY LECTURE: Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst turned anti-war activist, will speak to the CBU community on current U.S. policy on Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. His lecture — entitled "So REALLY: Why are we in Afghanistan? Iran? Iraq?" — will be delivered on Wednesday (February 22) in Spain Auditorium, 2:00-3:00 p.m. McGovern served his country as a CIA analyst under seven presidents. Upon retirement, he was awarded the Intelligence Commendation Medal (which he later returned). The CBU lecture is sponsored by the History and Political Science Department. The same lecture will be presented to the general public on Thursday (February 23) at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper) at 7:00 p.m. For more information on Mr. McGovern, visit
BAKE SALE FOR HAITI: Tri Beta, the biology honor society, will have a bake sale Thursday and Friday (February 23-24) in the lobby of Alfonso Dining Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In addition, they will be selling hot chocolate outside the Buc. All proceeds will benefit the "All about Hearts and Healing Hands Project," led by Dr. Sue Trzynka. Her group will be traveling to Haiti, bringing hygiene kits for both children and adults. See details below >>
EDUCATION CAREER FAIR: The University of Memphis is hosting an Education Career Fair on Thursday (February 23) in the University Center Ballroom. 1:00-4:00 p.m. There will be several school systems in attendance seeking teacher candidates. Professional dress is required; for both men and women, professional dress is a business suit and conservative accessories. A list of participating school systems is available here. Parking is available in the parking garage directly behind the University Center and Rose Theatre on Zach Curlin Street. Parking costs approximately $5 per day.
ONLINE COURSE EVALUATIONS CLOSING! Online course evaluations for the first 8-week term will close Friday (February 26)! 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 MBA student Kimberly Snyder, last semester's winner! To access the online evaluation form, click here.
ART EXHIBITIONS OPEN FRIDAY: "Ode to Lonerock," an exhibition of work by Samuel Nichols will open in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery on Friday (February 24), 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nichols is a former Art/Creative Director for Jantzen Inc., a sportswear company in Portland, OR where he won various accolades for his work at the San Francisco Art Directors Show. In addition, the foyer of the gallery will be displaying photography by the Memphis Camera Club. Both exhibits will be displayed through April 13. More>>>


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


Honors Program Students at TCHC
Eleven Honors Program students made a splash at the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council conference at Tennessee State University in Nashville over the weekend with the following presentations: Joe Alfonso, "Testing the detection range of Vemco VR2W acoustic receivers used to study large scale movements of spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) in South Texas estuaries," and (with Stephen Louie from the University of Memphis Honors Program) "Development of a sustainable service project: McKellar Lake"; Bentley Smith, "A Critique of Levinas' Stance on Femininity"; Kelly Jeu, Radiation (oil on canvas); John Blount, "Manifesto of the Little Monster"; Nell Brandon and John Blount, "Put the Cheez-Its in the Bowl!: How to Host an Effective Honors Event"; Julia Kueter and Raegan Cook, "Communerdy Service: How We Incorporate Service into our Honors Program"; Amanda Willhite, "The Effect of Feedback on Optimism and Problem Solving in College Students"; Catherine Gluszek, "Changes in the GABA(A) Receptor and Associated Proteins After Fear Conditioning"; Kelsey Coolican and John Austin Tubbs, "We have an honors kid down: The murder at Victory Ranch"; and Dr. Tracie Burke, Raegan Cook and Amanda Willhite, "The Tiny School with the Big Honors Program: How We Host over 30 Honors Events Every Semester." At the conference, Dr. Burke was elected Vice-President of the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council and in 2013 will become President. CBU will host the Tennessee state honors conference in 2014.
Dr. Frank Buscher (VP for Academics) won the Valentine's Day 10k in Bartlett with a time of 39:19.
Zeta Tau Alpha has started naming a "Professor of the Month," in which the women of the Iota Xi chapter select an outstanding CBU professor who has had a positive influence on the women's lives or has been supportive of the sorority. Honored professors will receive a small gift and a certificate. ZTA is proud t announce that the first winner of "Professor of the Month" is Dr. Stan Eisen (Biology), selected for his support of ZTA and the philanthropy of breast cancer awareness and education.
An article on "Environmental Virtues and Environmental Justice" by Dr. Paul Haught (Dean, School of Arts) appears as a feature article in the latest (Winter 2011) issue of the peer-reviewed philosophy journal, Environmental Ethics.
CBU has been selected to participate in the Council of Independent College's Engaging Evidence Consortium in Washington, DC on August 5–7. The Engaging Evidence Consortium provides up to 40 colleges and universities with guidance and resources to conduct a campus project that uses assessment data to improve student learning. Institutions in the network will undertake projects that are close to the heart of the instructional mission — helping students to learn and to succeed academically. Institutions
will propose a campus project that is specifically designed to use outcomes assessment data to make significant adjustments in curriculum, pedagogy, or student support toward increased student learning. Consortium members will participate in a two-and-a-half-day workshop in which leading experts will facilitate discussions of pertinent assessment topics. This program is funded by the Teagle Foundation. CBU's accepted campus project is the first years of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Kudos to Dr. Scott Geis (Religion & Philosophy) and Melissa Hanson (Institutional Research and Effectiveness) for their work in securing CBU's acceptance in the Consortium!


Tri-Beta Executive Committee
TRI-BETA INDUCTION: Beta Beta Beta, the biological honor society, held its 2012 induction ceremony on February 7 in Spain Auditorium. Tri-Beta inducted 54 members. The associate members inducted were Rana Abdullah, Erika Abieyuwa, Andrew Aristorenas, Alex Bickenback, Joshua Logan Butler, Darianne ButleR, Vu Cao, Michael Carr, Shahzaade Dobbins, Hope Gilbertson, James B. Hudson, Jessica Jameson, Edgar Kisoka, Hannah Kurtz, Jonathan D. Mosley, Christine Nguyen, Ellen Odigie, Brianna Nicole Paige, Toni Patrick, Don P. Rautine, Chawan Rasheed, Heather Rhoda, Solomon Shakouh-Amiri, Damien Stevenson, Kyera D. T. Suggs, Aroneysia Williams, J. D. Wolfe and Anqi Zheng. The full members inducted were Joe Alfonso, Juste Augustinaite, Robert Banks, Elton Banks Jr., Anna Birg, Krystyna Clark, Chelsea Clark, Kristen Davis, Danielle Frazier, Jennifer Hale, Morgan Harrell, Corey Haughey, Russell D. Higgins, Lydia Hyatt, Austin Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Justin King, Jennifer Lo, Kelsey Miles, Toni Patrick, Kevin Pham, Brittany Story, Esha Thakore, Catherine Thorn, Jasmine Nicollette Turner and Natalie Wright. Senior Sam Bownes was the guest speaker, who discussed her experiences with MHIRT and the time she spent in Uganda. Pictured above is the Tri-Beta executive committee: (front row, l-r) David Kim, Nick Watkins, Dr. Mary Oglivie, Anna Birg; (back row, l-r) Sam Bownes, Christian Bahniuk, Grace Hutchinson, Catherine Gluszek, Kelly Jeu, Cameron Volpe and James Dowdy. (Not pictured: Lauryn Murphy, Madeline Reynolds, Ashia Rallings and Jessica Dunn.) PHOTO BY DR. ANNA ROSS
SIGN UP FOR SPRING INTRAMURALS! Interested in finishing up the year by getting in shape and having fun? You might want to consider getting involved with CBU Intramurals here on campus! There are four more fun and entertaining events to finish off the year: Indoor Volleyball, Bowling, Soccer and Table Tennis. The links below will help you get registered for each of the events.

Indoor Volleyball (Register by February 28)
Bowling (Register by February 28)
Soccer (Register by March 9)
Table Tennis (Register by March 23)
REQUESTS FOR TUITION REMISSION: It's time for CBU employees to consider how many credit hours they and/or their dependents plan to enroll in and want to receive remission for during the Summer 2012, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 terms. READ & FOLLOW these steps:

Read the Tuition Remission Policy to determine if you and/or your dependents are eligible to receive the tuition benefit. The policy is T.4 in the Administrative Policies & Procedures Handbook, beginning on page 106, at this link. If you have questions after you reading the policy, you may ask your supervising VP or call the Vice President for Administration & Finance (VPAF) office at 321-3256.
If you are eligible, then go to one of the VP offices or the HR Office to get a blue "Request for Tuition Remission" form. Be sure to read the letter of instruction attached to the front of the form.
Enter all required information on your request form. Sign it and obtain your supervisor's and supervising VP's signatures. Allow time for your VP to forward your fully executed form to the VPAF office ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, MARCH 16.
DO NOT COMPLETE the half-sheet, carbonless copy form called "Application for Tuition Remission" at this time. Those are to be completed, signed and submitted to the VPAF, prior to each & every term of enrollment in 2012-13 year, for which you requested remission to be awarded. The VPAF office will not accept any "Application for Remission" until the applicable enrollment period for each term begins.


Brother Jerome Rademacher, former teacher at CBU in the early 1960s, died on February 15 at St. Anne's Extended Health Care in Winona, MN. Funeral Mass will be conducted on Monday, February 20, in the Gymnasium of Saint Mary's University in Winona at 7:00 p.m. with interment to follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the De La Salle Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527). Condolences can be directed to Br. Jerome's brother, Mr. Richard Rademacher, at 1565 F Street, Springfield OR 97477. Please keep Brother Jerome and all the faithful departed in your prayers. Live Jesus in our hearts!


Class RingCLASS RINGS! Jostens will be in the Bookstore for class ring orders on March 12 during the hours of 10:30 a.m. -.1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Special pricing on this date only! ALL rings will be on sale with women's designs starting at $159, and men's designs starting at $179.
EXTENDED HOURS FOR EVENING TERM: The CBU Bookstore will have extended hours for the upcoming evening term, March 12-15, 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and March 19-20, 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Rental customers may check in rental books from the previous term during this time!
Visit and find out if the book you would like to adopt is eligible for rent!


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.


Any interested freshman, sophomore or junior who has leadership abilities, is service-oriented, highly motivated, school-spirited, and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is encouraged to apply for a Peer Counselor position for the 2012-2013 academic year. Applications will be available in the Counseling Center on Monday, March 12 and must be returned to the Counseling Center by Wednesday, March 21.

NOTE: If you would like more information about the Peer Counselor Program, you are invited to attend a Peer Counselor Informational Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 12:30-1:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room.

Common Ground MemphisCOMMON GROUND MEMPHIS an initiative designed to use small group discussions to improve race relations in Memphis. It starts with six weeks of discussion about race and community and then it truly begins with action plans developed by the participants to make our community better for people of all colors in specific, measurable, tangible ways.

Common Ground is looking for participants for the upcoming session.
Sessions begin on March 20 at Southwest Community College (Macon Cove Campus), and it is a great service-learning opportunity. Go to to learn more and register!


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

(19-5, 10-3 GSC)
Bucs 87, University of North Alabama 74 (at Florence, AL)
Bucs 62,
University of Alabama-Huntsville 67 (at Canale Arena)
02/16: Lady Bucs 37,
University of North Alabama 67 (at Florence, AL)
02/19: Lady Bucs 72,
University of Alabama-Huntsville 80 (at Canale Arena)
BASEBALL (3-3, 0-0 GSC)
Bucs 6, University of Northwestern Ohio 5 (at Buc Field)
Bucs 3, University of Northwestern Ohio 1 (at Buc Field)
02/19: Bucs 4,
University of Northwestern Ohio 6 (at Buc Field; 9 innings)
SOFTBALL (1-1, 0-0 GSC)
Lady Bucs 9, Cumberland University 3 (at Bland Field)
02/19: Lady Bucs 1,
Cumberland University 4 (at Bland Field)



02/22: University of New Orleans (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
02/25: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 6:00 p.m.)
02/25: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 4:00 p.m.)
02/21: Blue Mountain College (Buc Field; 1:00 p.m.)
02/22: LeMoyne-Owen College (Gagliano Field; 1:00 p.m.)
02/25: Lindenwood University (Buc Field; noon doubleheader)
02/26: Lindenwood University (Buc Field; 1:00 p.m.)
02/21: Union University (Bland Field; 1:00 p.m. doubleheader)
02/24: Missouri Baptist University (Bland Field; 1:00 p.m. doubleheader)
02/20: Frito-Lay/AT&T Intercollegiate Tournament (Philadelphia, MS)
02/26: University of North Alabama (TPC at Southwind; 1:00 p.m.)