Marguerite Cooper and portrait

UNVEILED: Dr. Marguerite Cooper (Professor Emerita, Chemistry), pictured above with her daughter Susan Wilson, seemed pleasantly surprised by the new portrait of "Dr. Mom" that was unveiled in the lobby of the Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences on March 30. The portrait was painted by local artist Jamie McMahan. Additional photos are available at the CBU Flickr site.>>>


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(Mandatory event for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises)
Signaigo Field, 6:00 p.m.

A reception will follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.
FRIDAY MAY 11, 2012
University Theater, 10:00 a.m.

Recognition by the President of graduates — selected by Athletics, Student Life and the Honors Program — who have contributed to the University through their achievements and service during their time at CBU.
FRIDAY MAY 11, 2012
Sabbatini Lounge, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

A relaxing, celebratory dinner for graduates and family members who are also CBU alumni — prior to the Baccalaureate Prayer Service.
FRIDAY MAY 11, 2012
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue), 7:00 p.m.

Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Please wear regalia and hood only. Please do not bring your cap.) Monsignor Valentine Handwerker will preside over the service, and Reverend Keith Norman of First Baptist Church will be the Baccalaureate speaker.
A reception will follow in the Cathedral's Marion Hall. CBU has also commissioned a professional photographer to document the occasion — students can have their photo taken with their parents and/or guests as CBU's gift to our graduates who attend.
Please click here to RSVP. More information is also available at the RSVP site.
Signaigo Field, CBU Campus; Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.
Reception to follow the Ceremony in Buckman Quad.

Parking Map for Commencement >>>

* Inclement Weather Location: Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (70 N. Bellevue Blvd.)


Retiring Board Members
The CBU Board of Trustees held a reception on May 1 to honor the trustees who are ending their service to CBU and leaving the Board at the end of May.
Pictured above (l-r) are Robert McEniry (Board Chairman); Joshua Shipley ('01), who is leaving his position as President of the National Alumni Board but remaining on the Board of Trustees; Leo Arnoult ('70); David E. Nelson; and Dr. John Smarrelli (CBU President).
Lady Buc
golfer Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering '15) became the first player in CBU history to earn a spot on the All-Gulf South Conference Team. Lauren was the Lady Bucs' low scorer in six of their 10 tournaments this season, including all five tournaments in the spring.
Ray Karasek (Administration & Finance/Residence Life) published an paper in the Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Volume 11, Number 1, 2012) entitled "Signaling Theory: Past, Present, and Future." The paper was coauthored with Phil Bryant of Columbus State University.

Buccaneer pitcher Alex Sikes (Business Administration '13) was named to the All-Gulf South Conference First Team. Alex is 4-6 with a 4.37 ERA and 55 strikeouts against 21 walks over 68 innings in 13 starts this season. He posted complete-game victories over defending national champion West Florida and New Orleans.
Jessie Wortham (English for Corporate Communications '10) was recently selected as the Outstanding First-Year Student in the (Higher Education Student Affairs Program at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. Jessie is currently a graduate assistant and ACE Coach at USC's Center for Academic Excellence. She also served as the president of Student Personnel Association, the USC student organization which promotes interest and involvement in higher education and student affairs.


Mrs. Anna Massa, former CBU golf coach and wife of Ken Massa (Director of Human Resources), passed away at her home on May 3. Visitation will be Monday, May 7 at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Poplar, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 8 at 12:00 p.m. at Hope Presbyterian Church. Please keep Ken and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Junior League of Memphis (3475 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111) in memory of Anna Massa. Condolences may be sent in care of Campus Box 92.


DON'T GET SICK, STAN! GOES ON THE ROAD: Some of the authors of Don't Get Sick, Stan! will be at Richland Elementary School on Wednesday (May 9). Catherine Gluszek, Joe Fong, Kelly Jeu, Indiana Soliman and Angela Williams will be visiting Mrs. Lorelei Scatamacchia's 3rd-grade class to talk about what it's like to be authors of a book and will also read Don't Get Sick, Stan! to the 19 kids in the class. Don't Get Sick, Stan! is a children's picture book written by the students in last semester's Parasitology (BIOL 413) class, taught by Dr. Stan Eisen. Written under the pen name of Alfredo Colón, it is the story of Stan, a 3rd-grader who goes to school and encounters a virus, a bacterium, a protozoan and a parasitic worm.
2012-13 INTRAMURAL COMMISSIONERS: The the new Intramural Sports Commissioners have been selected for the 2012-13 school year. They are Molly O'Malley, Intramural Sports Commissioner; Matt Derise, Events Commissioner; and Blake Ward, Communications Commissioner.
GMAT/GRE PREP SERIES: The CBU MBA Program is hosting a GMAT/GRE Prep Series on successive Saturdays in June. The Quantitative Series will be offered on June 2 and June 9, 8:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. The Verbal/Writing Series will be offered on June 16 and June 23, 8:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Both sessions will be offered on campus at CBU. To be included on the roster, email Julie Hagar at MBA applicants are able to attend for FREE. The cost for non-applicant visitors is $300 for all four sessions.
GASTROINTESTINAL CLINICAL TRIAL: The Buddington Laboratory at the University of Memphis is conducting a clinical trial on the effects of fiber on participants with mild constipation, defined as one-three bowel movements a week. The study does pay 300 dollars if all criteria are meet. Each participant will be given a supplement to take for 15 weeks and must provide blood and stool samples during the trial, along with online information. (three times a day). This supplement might be a placebo or the investigational fiber supplement Anyone who is interested in possibly signing up for our medical research, please email Cavita Kapadia at to set up a time to meet. 

CBU Bookstore: Cash


New York Times logoThe New York Times is preparing the summer issue of its Education Life section and is inviting students to send in a photograph that says "back to school" to them. Perhaps it's a snapshot of freshman orientation, of the childhood room you're leaving behind, or the security blanket you can't leave behind. Tell them the back story in 200 words or less: What's happening in your photo? What does it suggest to you? A selection of images will appear in the Education Life section on July 22 and at Photographs should be submitted to by June 1.


The CBU Connection will appear monthly during the summer. It will be emailed and published online on June 11 and July 16. The Connection will return to its regular weekly schedule on August 20.

BASEBALL (11-35, 3-21 GSC)

05/04: Bucs 4, Delta State University 5 (at GSC Tournament; Rome, GA)
05/05: Bucs 1, University of North Alabama 19 (at GSC Tournament; Rome, GA)