Samantha Bownes receives Vanderhaar Student Peace Award from Dr. Mary Ogilvie
Dr. Mary Ogilvie
(Biology) presented Samantha Sol Bownes (Biology '12) with the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award at the Vanderhaar Symposium on March 15 at First Congregational Church, "in recognition and appreciation of her hunger and thirst for justice in pursuit of peace… working through active nonviolence in the spirit of Gerard A. Vanderhaar." Samantha was honored for her work with CBU Visible Campus, the MHIRT Program, Beta Beta Beta and Arudo Yat to aid children in Uganda.


During Lent, the Office of Campus Ministry invites everyone to join them for Mass and Stations of the Cross each week. Mass will be offered each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. in St. Joseph's Chapel (Barry Hall) by Father Francis Muriithi. The Stations of the Cross will be said each Friday at 2:15 p.m. in Stritch Chapel. (There will be no Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 6.) All are invited to attend these weekly offerings.
BOOKSTORE EXTENDED HOURS FOR EVENING TERM: The CBU Bookstore will have extended hours for the upcoming evening term Monday and Tuesday ( 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!
LUNCH & LEARN: Dr. Wendy Ashcroft and Dr. Nancy Wilder (Education) will offer a Lunch & Learn Presentation on Autism on Tuesday (March 20) at 12:15 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room. Lunch will be provided, but RSVP is required at
LET'S ALL PLAY NICE TOGETHER! What a better way to come together as a community than with a little friendly competition? The CBU Intramural Program is looking to finish up the year strong— it's time to register for the last two events of the year! Below are links that will allow you to register for an intramural team event:

Soccer (Deadline is Wednesday, March 21)
Singles Table Tennis (Deadline is next Monday, March 26)
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR: The 58th Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair will be held Wednesday and Thursday (March 21-22) on the campus of CBU. Project judging begins at 12 noon on Thursday. There will be two judging divisions this year: one for grades 6 through 8 and one for grades 9 through 12. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 2, in the University Theater. If you are interested in participating in project judging or if you know of a student who would like to enter the fair, please contact Dr. Dennis Merat at
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A PEER COUNSELOR? 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 are available in the Counseling Center and must be returned to the Counseling Center by Wednesday (March 21).
NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH: CBU Health Services will have a table set up outside Alfonso Hall on Thursday (March 22) with nutritional information. The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics had proclaimed March as National Nutrition Month, focusing on making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Please visit for healthy nutrition tips.
MAN VS. PIE CHALLENGE: Can you conquer the pie? Come out and participate in the first annual Man vs. Pie pie-eating contest on Thursday (March 22), 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Quad! Sign up is free!The winner will receive a gift card and trophy. Slices of pie will be sold for $1 a piece at the event for you to sample — then place your order for a whole pie for your family's Easter table! Alpha Sigma Tau will be selling apple, peach, and chocolate pies for your family's table this Easter! The pies are $8 and completely homemade (including crust!). Place your order by March 29 by emailing or on AST's Facebook event page ("Got Pie?"). All pies will be delivered April 3 or 4, depending on your preference. For more information and to sign up for the Man Vs. Pie Challenge, please contact Elantra Matchingtouchat
Christini FernandoEXPAND YOUR HORIZONS WITH THE CBU INTERCULTURAL CLUB: The CBU Intercultural Club will host a meeting for American and International students on Thursday (March 22) at 1:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room. Christini Fernando (Biomedical Science '13, pictured at left) will make a presentation on the culture, sites and history of her homeland, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka in South Asia. (Fun fact: Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, made his home in Sri Lanka and claimed it was the best place in the world from which to view the universe.)
Tony Early CBU READERS SERIES: Novelist Tony Earley will give a reading on Thursday (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.
JOB FAIR PREPARATION: Get ready for the job market! There will a Job Fair Preparation Workshop to help you get ready to make the most of the Job Fair on Thursday (March 22) at 1:00 p.m. in Buckman Hall 112. The main event — the Spring 2012 Job Fair — will be held on March 29, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., in Sabbatini Lounge. All current CBU students and alumni are invited to attend this event. At present, employers such as AutoZone, Comcast, Northwestern Mutual, Premier System Integrators, and Packaging Corporation of America are signed up to attend — more to come!
HEALTHCARE PACKAGING CONSORTIUM SEMINAR: The CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium will host a seminar entitled "Packaging Materials" on Friday (March 23) in Nolan Engineering Center 241, 1:30-4:30 p.m. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering).  Free to CBU students, faculty and staff.  If you plan to attend the seminar, please email Dr. Pong Malasri, consortium coordinator, at by Wednesday (March 21).  More info can be found at this link >>>
Steel Toes to StilettosSTEEL TOES TO STILETTOS: The Society of Women Engineers will host its first annual "Steel Toes to Stilettos" wine tasting on Saturday (March 24) at Chickasaw Oaks Village (3092 Poplar), 7:30–10:30 p.m. Join SWE for a wonderful evening showcasing 14 wines from across America, craft beer from Bluff City Brewers, delicious food provided by Just Catering, and live music by local band Good Karma. Also, take part in our silent art auction showcasing local artists. All proceeds support collegiate members of the Society of Women Engineers. These funds go toward supplying free science and engineering based workshops to girls in the Memphis area.  Some monetary support goes to sending collegiate members to conferences where they learn many of the skills they need to be successful in the job market. Cost is $30 for an individual, $50 for a couple — tickets can be purchased online at For more info, contact Morgan Harrell, SWE President at (Sponsored by Just for Lunch)
ONGOING ART EXHIBITIONS: "Ode to Lonerock," an exhibition of work by Samuel Nichols is in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery through April 13. 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 is displaying photography by the Memphis Camera Club. More>>>
All throughout March, many brave men are putting their facial hair on the line for Alpha Xi Delta. In just a few weeks, they'll have some nice looking mustaches to show for it. Donate to the young man who you think has the very best mustache. He could even win a prize! Photos of the mustache-less participants can be found on the March Mustache Madness Facebook group. All the money raised goes to Alpha Xi Delta's philanthropy, Autism Speaks.


Austin Gooch in Taipei
Austin Gooch (Mechanical Engineering '12) attended the Taipei International Cycling Show in Taipei, Taiwan last week. It is one of the largest international trade shows in the cycling industry. The show consisted of over 1000 exhibitors and 3000 booths. He was sent by his current employer, Aerobic Cruiser (a start-up electric bicycle company founded by Memphian Charlie McVean), with whom he has accepted an offer to remain as quality manager following graduation.
Dr. Emily A. Holmes (Religion & Philosophy ) attended the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, March 2-4, where she presented a paper entitled "The Age of the Spirit: Irigaray, Apocalypse, and the Trinitarian View of History" in the Women, Gender, and Religion session on Apocalyptic Rhetoric and Feminist Impulses.
Four Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) students from Summer 2011 attended the Xavier University Fifth Health Disparities Conference in New Orleans, March 6-8. The students were Dominique Garcia Robles (Chemistry '11), "Adrenergic receptor expression in brainstem cells of wistar rats" (with S.M. da Silva; M.R. Costa; M.C. Almeida; J.P. Matsumoto; D.R. Fior-Chadi); Crystal West (LeMoyne University '11), "Cross-cultural influences on healthcare in Uganda" (with J.R. Hanebrink, T.N. Alexander); Anne France Pierre (Americorps), "Brazilian normative database for the multifocal VEP and the use of this technique to improve the study of optic neuropathies" (with A.L.A. Moura; G.S. Souza; M.T.S. Barboni; T.L. Costa; L.C. de Lima Silveira; M.E.C. Fitzgerald; D.F. Ventura); and Lacey Andrews (Rochester Institute of Technology '12), "Evaluating the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease using protein-specific analysis" (with A.F. Ferreira, L.R. Britto). The conference centered on research concerning health disparities.
CBU IEEE Wins International Web Prize
Electrical & Computer Engineering students (pictured above l-r) Shilpa Appurubugatha ('13), Martin Tribo ('13) and Steven Menezes (’12), members of the CBU student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) placed first in the International IEEE Student Branch Website Contest and will receive a $1,000 prize and a customized certificate in recognition of their efforts. Visit their award-winning site here>>>
BABY BUC: Congratulations to Eloise and Dr. John Smarrelli on the birth of their first grandchild, Paige Olivia Crawford, on March 15! Paige is the daughter of Elizabeth and Robert Crawford and weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces at birth. Both mother and baby are doing great!


St. Patrick's Day Service
ST. PATRICK'S DAY SERVICE: A horde of about 120 green-capped CBU volunteers descended on the Urban Farms in the Binghampton community on St. Patrick's Day to participate in University Service Day. The Farms are located on a previously empty 3-acre lot in the neighborhood and seeks to sustainably establish access to healthy food, create market and employment opportunities, and serve as a resource for neighborhood gardeners. Pictured below, Michael Berry (English '12) and David Vaughn (History '12) help neigborhood kids clean and sort spinach from the garden.

St. Patrick's Day Service

CBU now has a Guaranteed Interview Agreement (GIA) with the Union University School of Pharmacy (UUSOP) that allows the possibility for CBU students to be accepted into UUSOP after their third year at CBU, and to earn a B.S. in Natural Science from CBU as they earn their Pharmacy degree from Union University. Details are available at this link.>>>
      This agreement follows an earlier GIA with the Southern College of Optometry (SCO). This may result in acceptance to SCO following a student's junior year at CBU, reducing their total undergraduate and professional education by one full year. Students who have successfully completed their junior year at CBU, including all GERs and who subsequently obtain their Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree at SCO may be awarded the B.S. in Natural Science degree by CBU. For further information on this GIA, contact Dr. Stan Eisen (Pre-Health Programs) at or Dr. Johnny Holmes (Dean of Sciences) at
INTRAMURAL COMMISSIONER POSITION: Interested in helping CBU's campus life grow? Why not start with Intramurals? Student Life and the Intramural Commission are now accepting applications for the position of 2012-13 Intramural Commissioner. Applications can be downloaded at this link and must be turned in to the Student Life office no later than Wednesday (March 21). No applications will be accepted beyond this date. Please feel free to contact Alton Wade at or Blake Ward at for additional info.
The ShelfTHE SHELF: "The Shelf," the University Food Bank, will be available for the benefit of the entire CBU Community (students, faculty, staff, alums) beginning the week of March 26. Non–perishable goods can be picked up by emailing Donna Crone at Pick-up days will be Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you're interested in making donations to The Shelf, please email Donna. Thank you… Take what you need, give when you can.


Bernard Borodel Beard, former faculty member and chair of Mechanical Engineering at CBU, passed away March 9 in Madison, AL. He was employed as a senior consultant at Ares Corporation in Huntsville, AL. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Natalie C. Kerr; his sons, Bradford and Griffen Beard; and his sister, Edith Beard Brady. Please keep the Beard family in your thoughts and prayers. Online condolences may be expressed at this link.
Mary Isabelle McCraw Lamey, mother of Jestein Lamey Gibson ('08) and Aaron Lamey ('09, former ITS), passed away on March 12. Mary was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and was retired from Smith and Nephew, Inc. She is also survived by her loving husband, Bruce Lamey; son Nicholas Lamey; stepson Eric Che Lamey; stepdaughter Shannon Lamey McGee; and ten grandchildren. Please keep the Lamey family in your thoughts and prayers. Online condolences may be expressed at this link.


Important Upcoming Dates on the Academic Calendar:
• March 22: Last day to withdraw from a 16-week course
• April 13: Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 8-week course
The Spring Final Exam schedules for Day Undergraduate and Graduate & Professional Studies are posted on the Web. Check it out here!
The Summer and Fall 2012 course schedules are posted on the Web! Check it out! >>
Summer and Fall 2012 Registration Opening Dates:
• March 19: Graduate & Professional Studies (graduate students: alternate PIN available in Banner Web)
• April 2: Day Seniors and Juniors
• April 4: Day Sophomores
• April 6: Day Freshmen

Remember: ALL undergraduate students (Day and Professional Studies) must obtain their ALT PIN from their advisor in order to register for classes. There is a distinct ALT PIN for each semester — one for summer and a different one for fall.


The President's Ambassador Program is searching for sophomores, juniors and seniors who have what it takes to be the face of CBU. The President's Ambassadors are dynamic, energetic, and enthusiastic CBU students who represent and support the University by assisting the Office of Admissions in a variety of responsibilities. The President's Ambassadors promote a positive image of CBU by sharing their own CBU experiences through campus tours, high school visits and other Office of Admissions events. To learn more or to apply, please contact Or drop by the Admissions Office Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


BUCSquadNCAA SOUTH REGION FINAL, Huntsville, AL, March 13. Great season, Bucs!
photo courtesy of @BUCSquad


MBA ALUMNI LUNCH & LEARN: Join the MBA Alumni Association on March 27 in Sabbatini Lounge for lunch and an opportunity to hear from Taylor Berger, owner and founder of YoLo Frozen Yogurt. Registration will be at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will follow at noon. Lunch is $8.00 for guests — Current students, your meal plan will be accepted for this event! Please RSVP to Visit for more info.
3-D PHYSICS: Dr. John Varriano (Physics) will give a talk on the physics of 3-D glasses on March 27 at 12:30 p.m. in Cooper-Wilson 105. All are invited to hear how these glasses work and to see some neat tricks that you can do with them. The talk is sponsored by the Society of Physics Students.
ALZHEIMER'S PRESENTATION: Andrew Sanders, Manager of Diversity Outreach at the Memphis area office of the Alzheimer's Association, will present "Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's" on March 27 in Spain Auditorium at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact  Karen Conway-Barnett at
ShilohSHILOH—THE BOOK, THE BATTLE AND THE PLACE: Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, is sponsoring two events centered on the Civil War Battle of Shiloh. There will be an historical and literary discussion of Shelby Foote's classic novel, Shiloh, on March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The cover flap describes the book: "This fictional re-creation of the battle of Shiloh in April 1862 fulfills the standard set by his monumental history, conveying both the bloody choreography of two armies and the movements of the combatants' hearts and minds." Phi Alpha Theta invites everyone to read the book and join in the discussion.

Then there will be a guided hike of the battle site entitled "The Hornet's Nest: Myth and Reality" on April 6 at Shiloh National Park, 2:00-4:00 p.m. RSVP to by March 23 to arrange travel to and from the park, which is located approximately 110 miles from Memphis on the Tennessee River.
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.
YERT PREMIERES AT CBU: CBU will celebrate Earth Week with the Memphis premiere of Your Environmental Road Trip - The Film (YERT) on April 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Directed by Ben Evans, the film follows him, his wife Julie, and friend Mark Dixon as they embarked on a year-long eco-expedition across all 50 states. Called to action by a planet in peril, these three friends hit the road — traveling America with hope, humor… and all of their garbage — to explore the good, the bad and the weird across every state in search of the extraordinary innovators and courageous citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises. Immediately following the premiere, the audience will have the opportunity to participate a live Skype chat with the director. The screening is free and open to the public. Visit the YERT website >>>

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DISTINGUISHED CATHOLIC LECTOR SERIES: Dr. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, will present "Happiness: How Do You Get It? Christ's Version vs. the World's" as part of the Distinguished Catholic Lectors Series at CBU on April 20 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. Kreeft is a philosopher and Christian apologist, renowned for his abilities to offer intellectually rigorous defenses of classical Christian teachings. His lecture will explore how Christ's teachings are at odds with virtually everything we assume makes up a "happy" life. For more information on Dr. Kreeft, visit For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. James Wallace at (901) 321-3018 or
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."


FINDING HOPE IN A BROKEN WORLD: The Dorothy & Kemmons Wilson Speaker Series will present pastor and author Tony Evans on March 29 at Christ United Methodist Church (4488 Poplar) at 7:00 p.m. Evans will speak on "Finding Hope in a Broken World" in this free community event. More info on Tony Evans is available at

(25-7, 11-3 GSC)
03/12: Bucs 59,
University of Alabama-Huntsville 68 (at NCAA Regional Tournament; Huntsville, AL)
BASEBALL (6-17, 0-9 GSC)
03/15: Bucs 4, Illinois Wesleyan University 9 (at Buc Field)
03/17: Bucs 0/2,
Valdosta State University 7/12 (at Valdosta, GA)
03/18: Bucs 2,
Valdosta State University 11 (at Valdosta, GA)
SOFTBALL (7-9, 3-1 GSC)
Lady Bucs 7/6, Delta State University 5/5 (at Bland Field)
Lady Bucs 5, University of North Alabama 1 (at Bland Field)
03/18: Lady Bucs 1,
University of North Alabama 4 (at Bland Field)
03/12-13: CBU Spring Invitational (at Quail Ridge Golf Course): Bucs 9th of 11 teams, Leo Castillo led the Bucs with a 20th-place finish of 154, 10 over par; Lady Bucs 4th of 5 teams, Lauren Harrett led the Lady Bucs with a 35-over 179, earning a 16th-place finish.
03/13: Bucs 0,
Harding University 9 (at TPC Southwind)
03/13: Lady Bucs 0, Harding University 9 (at TPC Southwind)
03/15: Bucs 0,
University of West Alabama 9 (at TPC Southwind)
03/15: Lady Bucs 0, University of West Alabama 9 (at TPC Southwind)


03/20: University of Tennessee-Martin (Martin, TN; 4:00 p.m.)
03/24: University of West Florida (Buc Field; noon doubleheader)
03/25: University of West Florida (Buc Field; 1:00 p.m.)
03/19: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Bland Field; 2:00 p.m. doubleheader)
03/22: Rogers State University (Bland Field; 1:00 p.m. doubleheader)
03/24: University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL; 4:00 p.m. doubleheader)
03/25: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 1:00 p.m. doubleheader)