The Rock: Class of 2016

Student Government Association Welcome Picnic: Monday in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
School of Arts Club Fair: Tuesday in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
School of Engineering and School of Sciences Club Fair: Wednesday in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Pool Party: Wednesday at Canale Pool, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
School of Business Club Fair: Thursday in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Greek Organizations Info Session: Thursday in Spain Auditorium, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Miscellaneous Club Fair: Friday in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Patio Party: Friday at Rozier Deck and Outdoor Volleyball Court, 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Games: Saturday on the CBU Front Lawn, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


BOOKSTORE NEWS & EXTENDED HOURS: The CBU Bookstore will be open extended hours for the beginning of the semester on these dates:
Monday-Thursday, August 20-23 — 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24 — 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, August 27-28 — 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Regular hours resume on Wednesday, August 29 — Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rent-A-Text provides you with the option of renting a new or used textbook for an academic term rather than purchasing it. At the end of the term, you simply bring or ship the textbook back to the bookstore where it is checked in. Renting instead of buying can save cash up front, as opposed to having to wait until buyback cash at the end of the term. When you rent your books, you'll pay, on average, less than half the new price.

Paper or Plastic? The CBU Bookstore, operated by Follett Higher Education Group, is instituting a new store initiative aimed at reducing waste to support socially responsible business practices. This fall, CBU students obtaining their course materials and other merchandise from the CBU Bookstore will no longer have their items automatically placed in a shopping bag. Instead, bookstore associates will only supply bags for those who request them in order to reduce the carbon imprint used to produce the disposable bag. "Many of our students actively seek opportunities to reduce their environmental impact and this simple step can contribute greatly to individual and campus sustainability goals," says Diane Dudenhefer, store manager. "To ensure we continue to meet all our customer needs, the CBU Bookstore will always have bags available, but we are confident a majority of our customers will support this sustainability effort."
MEMPHIS COLLEGIATE VOTE: Memphis Collegiate Vote 2012, an awareness drive geared towards the college students of the Memphis Metro Area, will be on campus conducting a voter registration drive during Welcome Back Week. The student governments/activity boards of eight colleges and universities in Memphis are collaborating in three phases to register, inform, and empower their student bodies to exercise their voting rights in the November election. For more info, visit the Memphis Collegiate Vote Facebook page. >>>
ART GALLERY EXHIBITION: The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery is exhibiting photography by the Memphis Camera Club through September 18. The exhibit entitled "A Walk Through History" was inspired by a challenge from Brother Robert Werle, Director of Archives & Art Gallery at CBU, to the Camera Club to assemble a collection of photographs of Memphis Landmarks based on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as other notable buildings and districts that portray the colorful history of the city. The exhibit is not meant to be a complete catalogue of the National Register but rather a reflection of the city as seen through the creative eyes of the club members.


Melody Nabors, Distinguished Lasallian Educator 2012
Melody Nabors (Registrar), pictured at left with CBU President John Smarrelli Jr., was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the CBU Community Convocation on August 16. The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Eligible nominees must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, and exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.

Additional photos from the CBU Community Convocation are available online at Flickr >>>
Dr. James Allen (Management/Marketing/Economics) was recognized as "New Advisor of the Year" at the CBU Community Convocation on August 16. The award is presented by Academic Services to faculty members who go above and beyond to serve as academic advisors to CBU students.
Dr. Leigh Becker (Mathematics) was recognized by the School of Sciences with the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Professor Award for 2012. The award was presented at the CBU Community Convocation on August 16. The award is given annually in tribute to a School of Sciences professor who exemplifies excellence in teaching effectiveness; service to the department, university, and students; professional growth; and administration.
Kären Brandon (English '09) left her position in the CBU Education Department this August to pursue an M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration at Mississippi State University. Kären has been granted an assistantship with the MSU Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
Mario Brown (Student Life) was awarded the Doctorate in Education (EdD) with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of Memphis on August 12. His dissertation topic was "Factors of HOPE: An Analysis of Influencers of Persistence for HOPE lottery Scholarship Recipients." Congratulations, Dr. Brown!
Dr. David Dault (Religion & Philosophy) and Dr. Paul Haught (Dean, School of Arts) spoke at a discussion forum concerning the U.S. Catholic Bishops' recent response to employer-provided health insurance as stipulated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The panel discussion was held at St. Peter Church in downtown Memphis in June as part of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' "Fortnight for Freedom," a call for Catholics to participate in a broad community conversation about religious freedom. Dault's commentary focused on the history of religious freedom in the United States. Haught approached the topic from the framework of medical ethics. Dr. Haught also presented his paper on "Place, Narrative, and Environmental Virtue" at the Ninth Annual Meeting on Environmental Philosophy held in Allenspark, CO in June.
Ivan de Souza (Accounting '14) was selected for a Minority Scholarship for 2012–2013 by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). As stated on the AICPA website: "The AICPA Minority Scholarship awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. For over four decades, this program has provided over $14.6 million in scholarships to approximately 8,000 accounting scholars."
Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut (President's Office) has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Lewis University (Romeoville, IL).
Kimmi Hayden at MOAAD Symposium
Kimmi Hayden (Athletics, Head Softball Coach), pictured above on the front row, third from right, received a grant to attend the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association Symposium and DII Governance Academy in Dallas in June.
Cardinal Peter Turkson and Andrew MorgretAndrew Morgret (Accounting/Business Law/Finance/MIS/Statistics) was a Eucharist lecturer at the International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education held at the University of Dayton in June. The topic of the conference was "Renewing Mission and Identity in Catholic Business Education." He is pictured at left with Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice and an outspoken advocate for reform of the world's financial systems.
Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering) was recognized as "Advisor of the Year" at the CBU Community Convocation on August 16. The award is presented by Academic Services to faculty members who go above and beyond to serve as academic advisors to CBU students.
Jennifer Weske (Accounting) spoke to the Memphis Chapter Institute of Management Accountants in July on the topic of Forensic Accounting.
The De La Salle Christian Brothers in the Midwest Province came together on the campus of Lewis University (Romeoville, IL) on July 14 to celebrate the Jubilees of Brothers who have served 50, 60 and 70 years as Christian Brothers. Among the Jubilarians were some familiar names who have served at CBU. Celebrating 50 years of service were Brother Stanislaus Sobczyk (Former CBU President), Brother Francis Carr (Former Trustee), and Brother John Wozniak (Former Assistant to the President). Brother James Roszak (Literature & Languages, Retired) celebrated 60 years of service.


Dr. James Aflaki (Mechanical Engineering) has been promoted to the rank of  Professor.
Dr. Wendy Ashcroft (Education) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Mary Cargill (Literature & Languages, Retired) has been granted the title of Professor Emerita.
Dr. Bjoern Claassen (Accounting, Business Law, Finance, MIS, & Statistics) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Rena Durr (Behavioral Sciences, Retired) has been granted the title of Professor Emerita.
Dr. Burton Fulmer (Religion & Philosophy) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature & Languages) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Steven Grice (Literature & Languages, Retired) has been granted the title of Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Paul Haught (Dean, School of Arts) has been granted tenure, effective 2012-13 academic year.
Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Neal F. Jackson (Graduate Engineering, Retired) has been granted the title of Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Frank M. Marion (Management/Marketing/Economics, Retired) has been granted the title of Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Richard Potts (Education) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical & Biochemical Engineering) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.
Dr. James B. Wallace (Religion & Philosophy) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.


Shirley R. Brown, MSN, RN, has joined the Nursing Program as a full-time Instructor.
Dr. Linda F. Christensen has joined the School of Business as a Visiting Associate Professor of Accounting, Business Law, Finance, MIS, & Statistics.
Dr. Jeffrey T. Gross has joined the School of Arts as an Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages.
Dr. Brendan M. Prawdzik has joined the School of Arts as an Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages.
Dr. Jeffrey J. Sable has joined the School of Arts as an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences.
Alton Wade has joined the Office of Student Life as Director of Residence Life.


Barbara Miller, mother of Lynda Miller (School of Sciences), passed away on August 16. Please keep Lynda, her dad, brother, and extended family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Lynda in care of Campus Box 78.


CBU S.O.S. - September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds
is an exciting new service initiative at Christian Brothers University. It will give CBU students, faculty, and staff a different opportunity to serve the Memphis community every single day in September. Thirty different Memphis agencies will benefit from the talents, care, and energy of the CBU community, which will put its Lasallian values of faith, service, and community into action.

Benefits of the project include:
Most importantly, lots of good work will get done in Memphis.
Our students and employees will become more aware of the needs of the Memphis community.
Our students will have fun, interesting, and productive things to do during the first month of school (when they are still excited).
CBU will put its Lasallian values into action.
The Memphis community will become more aware of CBU.
We will all become more committed to contributing to the Memphis community and more of our graduates may want to stay here.

Agencies that September of Service will be serving include the Center for Southern Folklore, DeNeuville Learning Center, GrowMemphis, Memphis Union Mission, Manna House, SRVS, Church Health Center, Memphis Islamic Center & Heartsong Church, Birthright, Friends For Life, Child Advocacy Center, CBU Community Garden, Mid-South Food Bank, Hope House, Beltline Community & Jacob's Ladder, Alzheimer's Day Service, Lichterman Nature Center, Harwood Center, Catholic Charities, MIFA, Wolf River Conservancy, Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, Poor Clare's Monastery and more!

CBU S.O.S. is on Twitter @CBU_SOS and on Facebook! Website coming soon!

ONLINE SIGNUPS AVAILABLE SOON – watch the CBU website and the CBU Connection
WELCOME WEEK – visit the S.O.S. table, we’ll be there every day (Holy cow, S.O.S. t-shirts are only $7!!!)
S.O.S. KICKOFF EVENT – Friday, August 31. More details to come!
EXCITING S.O.S. FINALE – after all the work is done!


It is that time of year again to register for the Christian Brothers University Mass Notification System. Even if you had registered for the service last year, please register again due to the system being purged to ensure quality service and notification accuracy.
CBU encourages all students, faculty and staff to register and update their emergency contact number(s) in the mass notification system, the University's primary emergency notification system. Although college campuses are usually safe places, emergencies and disasters do occur. CBU is committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies.

The mass notification system allows students, faculty and staff to receive emergency messages on multiple devices. Individuals may identify as many as three telephone numbers and one CBU email address (automatically) for receiving emergency notifications. Both voice and text messages can be sent to cell phones. To register or update your information, a valid CBU email account is required. Registration or updating your information is simple and straightforward. Simply visit our Registration Page and follow the instructions. (Access to this secure page will require you to sign in using your Active Directory Login.)

If you do not wish to receive emergency notifications, simply do not fill out this form.

Other than periodic tests, this system will only be used for emergencies requiring immediate action on the part of the CBU community. If you have further questions on the system or registration, please contact the Department of Campus Safety at or (901) 321-3550. Thank you for working with us to ensure your safety here on campus.


CBU RANKED IN TOP 20%: Forbes' list of public and private colleges and universities ranked Christian Brothers University among "America's Best Colleges in the Nation" from the students' perspectives for the second consecutive year. The Forbes ranking is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students. It attempts to help them evaluate things that many believe are important criteria when selecting a college. Forbes list of 650 undergraduate schools– the top 20% of all undergraduate institutions – focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. More info >>>
Team Up GrizzliesTEAM UP GRIZZLIES MENTORING PROGRAM: The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation is seeking volunteers from the CBU community to participate in the Team Up Grizzlies Mentoring Program. They are aggressively seeking college employees and students. This program is school-based and matches three volunteer mentors with nine students to form each team. Teams meet for 70 minutes each week and participate in activities that correspond with a chosen theme and weekly objectives. Each mentoring session allows mentors and students to develop relationships with one another while providing students new skills and experiences. For more information, or to sign up to be a Grizzlies TEAM Mentor, visit
LASALLIAN LANGUAGE (AND CALLIGRAPHY!) CAMP: For the 11th year, CBU hosted its Lasallian Language Camp this summer for students ages 10-14 from Northern Mexico. The camp immerses the students not only in the English language but also in the native culture and its norms. This year, 42 students from 13 Lasallian schools in Mexico attended along with eight adult chaperones. "The program was again a success, and some of the kids are thinking to come here to do their college studies," says Brother Francisco Martin (Literature & Languages), who also taught them calligraphy this year. Brother Francisco was particularly proud of the efforts of Ana Emilia Agüero Coss, an 11-year-old student from Colegio Ignacio Zaragoza in Saltillo, Coahuila. Pictured below is an example of Ana Emilia's calligraphy.

Calligraphy by Ana Emilia Aguero Coss


FALL TRIVIA NIGHT: CBU will host Fall Trivia Night on September 21 in Alfonso Dining Hall. Brother Ignatius Brown, Memphis' Trivia King and CBU's own, will emcee. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. This night of fun and mind challenges is sponsored by the CBU Alumni Association. Teams may consist of 6 to 8 people and can pre-register before September 19 for $15 per person. After September 19, registration will be $20 person. CBU students can register for $5 at any time. To register, visit or contact Karen Viotti at (901) 321-3254 or More info >>>

08/25: Rhodes College (Exhibition; Signaigo Field; 1:00 p.m.)