Christian Brothers University (CBU) will host its annual Sofapalooza music festival on April 25, starting at 5:00 p.m. in Boshwit Courtyard on the CBU campus, rain or shine.

This year’s festival will feature five acts and a variety of musical genres. Local food and drink will be available, and the festival is open to the public and FREE!

Goose, a band from Fayetteville, AR, has become a Northwest Arkansas sensation playing at local venues such as George’s Majestic Lounge. They serenade visitors to their Facebook page with a piano and stuffed goose at hand. With steady influences such as Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Dave Matthews and Jason Isbell, Goose has their own Americana-folk-pop vibe. Goose has released two albums, Bad Idea in 2010 and Champagne and Wine in 2012.

Everything authentic. That is the tag line hip hop artist Wave Chappelle chooses to live by. Hailing from Milwaukee, Wave is determined to be a staple in the hip hop world. Having landed in Memphis to attend Lemoyne-Owen College, little did anyone in the world or Mid-South know that Wave was crafting a master plan (and album) entitled It’ll All Make Sense Soon. Teaming up with one of the Hottest DJ’s in the Midsouth DJ Rock Steady, Wave has set the scene on fire.

Spaceface is an original psychedelic rock band from Memphis. Formed in 2012, the band blends unique soundscapes, catchy vocals, raw energy, and a professional light show in order to create a truly memorable experience. Since their formation, they have been involved in two collaborative records assembled by The Flaming Lips to give tribute to King Crimson and The Stone Roses. These records were sold on limited edition colored vinyl and featured artists such as Ke$ha, Policia, Peaking Lights, New Fumes, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, HOTT MT, and Linear Downfall.

Young, loud, and fearless, Fingertrick can rock the roof off with raw talent alone. Combine this wild drive with screaming guitar riffs, bombastic bass lines, and bone-crushing drums—not to mention an absolutely uncompromising lyrical style—and you are left with an unstoppable rock and roll machine.

And everyone at CBU already knows that it isn’t a party until our very own DJ John Dawson says it is.




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Memphis, TN - Carolyn Head has been newly appointed as the CFO and Vice President for Administration & Finance for Christian Brothers University (CBU), effective June 1, 2014.

In her role as Vice President for Administration and Finance, Head serves as the chief administrative and financial officer and is charged with ensuring effective and efficient plant management, food management, fiscal operations, human resources and purchasing, administration and bookstore operations in accordance with the mission and goals of Christian Brothers University.

Head comes to CBU from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she served as the chief budget officer for the College of Medicine since January 2011, overseeing approximately $400 million in resources from tuition, research, state funding, contracts, practice plans and endowments. Head previously served as accounting and business manager for the UT Medical Group. She was also the owner of her own public accounting firm, Management Consulting & Accounting Services, since 2002.

Head received her Master of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Memphis, as well as her Bachelor of Business Administration.

Head will step in for Daniel Wortham, who is retiring at the end of May from the CBU Vice President position after 14 years of service.

“We are very pleased to have Carolyn join the CBU family,” said Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU President. “Her depth of experience in higher education and nonprofit finance, as well as her previously existing ties to our community make her an ideal individual to help us chart the course for CBU’s financial stability and long-term prosperity.”

Head is also a longtime member of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception and currently serving as a cathedral cantor, school board member and finance committee member.

For more information on the academic programs and services at CBU, visit or call (901) 321-3000.  ###

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Founder’s Week at CBU begins on Monday, April 7, the official feast day of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and patron saint of teachers. A Founder’s Week Heritage Mass, celebrated at Christian Brothers High School, will begin the week. Bishop Terry Steib will celebrate the Mass, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Brothers, faculty and staff, SGA Officers, Lasallian Fellows, and students are all invited to CBHS for this special Mass. Following the religious service, a continental breakfast will be served.

Also on April 7, the CBU Athletic Department will host the annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament at Mirimichi Golf Course at 1:00 p.m. The President’s team includes two of our CBU Brothers. A Founder’s Week Prayer will be offered at lunch in Alfonso Dining Hall by our CBU Lasallian Fellows.

To further promote one of the pillars of the institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, our Student Life Department and Campus Ministry will jointly sponsor a clothing drive through Catholic Charities in Memphis. The drive will begin on Tuesday, April 8 and conclude on Wednesday evening.

A Prayer Service will be offered at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, with the Brothers leading in song. On Tuesday evening, the CBU Honors Program will present Ignite CBU! in Spain Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

The clothing drive will continue all day on Wednesday, April 9 and conclude that evening. CBU’s first “Together For Mission Reception” on Wednesday will honor approximately 40 administrators, faculty, staff, and students have enrolled in or graduated from a variety of Lasallian Studies (such as the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, Lasallian Leadership Institute, or the International Lasallian University Leadership program) and programs, workshops, etc. on campus or locally. Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award winners over the years at CBU are also welcome! The reception will be hosted by the Brothers Community.

Plough Library will introduce its Lasallian Section on Wednesday, 1:00-2:00 p.m., and at 3:15 p.m., everyone is invited to gather on the Front Lawn on East Parkway to form a human Lasallian Star of Faith.

Examples of Stars of Faith (click to enlarge)

The President’s Community Conversation for faculty and staff will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, with an opening prayer provided by the Christian Brothers of the Lambert Hall Community. The Brothers will also host dinner in Alfonso Dining Hall on Thursday, providing special Lasallian treats.

Founder’s Week will conclude on Friday, April 11 when the whole CBU Community — students, alumni, faculty, staff, and families — take over AutoZone Park for the Memphis Redbirds opening game of the 2014 season.

St. John Baptist de La Salle, Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, Forever.

Posted in Administration, Advancement, Events, Faculty & Staff, Lasallian, Student Life

Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At theses events, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes. And, for the second year, CBU is presenting its own Ignite show.

Ignite CBU! will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, under the auspices of the CBU Honors Program and the CBU Alumni office. The line-up this year promises to be diverse, entertaining, and (above all) quickly enlightening.

• “Journalism Disrupted: Entrepreneurs and the Nouveau Niche” by Burton Bridges(Economics and Finance ’09)
• “Why I CHOOSE to be an Educator: The Importance of STEM Education” by Tiffany Corkran (Physics ’15)
• “Another Side of Female Objectification” by Bijou Coulibaly (Accounting ’16) andTaylor Goode (Psychology ’14)
• “Moral Relativism” by Eddie Gallarno (Mathematics ’15)
• “Modernly Convenient” by Patrick Ghant (Business Administration ’15) and Travis Whiteside (Business Administration ’15)
• “I Hate Math” by Rebekah Herrman (Mathematics and Physics ’14)
• “5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Server Hate You AND Why Tipping is SO IMPORTANT” by Danielle Hobbs (Psychology ’13)
• “Friendship is Awesome” by Noah Kelley (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ’16)
• “Tips to Study Better” by Michael MacMiller (Psychology ’15)
• “How Gaming Can Improve Our Educational System” by Breanna Nikaido(Computer Science and Electrical Engineering ’16)
• “The ‘R’ Word” by Payton Powers (Undecided ’17)
• “Creating Your Brand” by Jordan Smith (Creative Writing ’14)
• “Why I Will Probably Never Amount to Anything” by Kierra Turner (Biology ’16)
• “Wauford Enterprises” by Becky Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16)

There are videos of  last year’s Ignite CBU! at the Honors Program YouTube Channel, but below are just a few to whet your appetite for more.

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Gabriel Bol Deng, a former Lost Boy of Sudan, will speak in Spain Auditorium at CBU on Thursday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m.

Deng was 10 years old when North Sudanese Murahileen militiamen led a violent attack on his village of Ariang in South Sudan in 1987. He fled, unaware of his family’s fate, embarking on a four-month journey, crossing the Nile River and untold miles of desert, eventually reaching the Dimma Refugee Camp in Ethiopia.

There, at the age of 13 and inspired by a dream he had of his parents, he began his formal education, which involved writing on cardboard with pieces of charcoal under a tree. Yet, just four years later, he was forced to flee from violence once again, leaving Ethiopia and traveling on foot to Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp, where he completed his primary and secondary education.

In 2001, he came to the United States as a part of the Refugee Resettlement Program. He would go on to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Mathematics and Sciences from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Mathematics Education from Le Moyne College, also in Syracuse, in 2007.

In May of 2007, Deng returned to his home village of Ariang for the first time in over 20 years. After witnessing that little had changed, with students studying in make-shift schools under trees and without trained teachers, instruction materials, or basic supplies, he became determined to transform the poor learning environment into a permanent learning facility.

Upon his return to the US, Deng began a modest fundraising effort by selling t-shirts. Always believing he could “move mountains with the power of hope,” he has since gone on to create the HOPE for Ariang Foundation, a non-profit organization that completed the construction of Ariang School in May 2011, and now educates 500 children, including 130 girls, under its roof.

Deng’s visit to Memphis is sponsored by Rhodes College International Studies and GlobeMed at Rhodes College, where he will speak on April 2 at 6:00 p.m. in Blount Auditorium. Christian Brothers University is proud to host this additional lecture on April 3, which is free and open to the public.

“Gabriel’s story of his violent separation from his parents and village of Ariang in South Sudan at the age of 10, survival as a refugee, heroic efforts to gain an education, and commitment to help others, provides important testimony regarding the crisis in the Sudan and inspires us with the power of one hopeful and determined individual to effect positive change,” says Dr. Neal Palmer, Chair of CBU’s Department of History and Political Science. “His talks and film inspire audiences and his organization, HOPE for Ariang, has created a school in Ariang that serves as a base for activities designed to uplift an entire community.”

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Memphis, TN – Christian Brothers University will play host to the first annual Memphis Cup of Nations Soccer Tournament and Festival on April 12, 2014. The all-day event will be held at CBU’s Signaigo Field, with soccer matches featuring 16 local men’s amateur teams, as well as a festival for players’ families and community members. Each team will represent a different nationality. The event’s purpose is to seize the universal passion for soccer to cultivate lasting friendships and build a sense of camaraderie amongst the international and immigrant communities of our city.

CBU is partnering with Christ United Methodist Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Soccer, Barnhart Crane, World Relief, and USSSA Soccer for this event. On the planning committee are National Soccer Hall of Famer Kyle Rote Jr. and former Major League Soccer midfielder and Executive Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Soccer, Ross Paul. The Tournament Director is Evan Hacker of Center Circle Soccer.

Both the city and county mayors have endorsed the event. “The Cup of Nations Tournament is an important signal to the many immigrant populations in Memphis that their interests are being recognized,” said Mayor A C Wharton. “I commend all the sponsors who are contributing to help make this event possible.” County Mayor Mark Luttrell added, “Shelby County continues to grow in diversity, which means we also grow in our need for talent and educational competency. We celebrate not only the rise in skills that many in our international community provide, but we are also pleased to be able to support a friendly and competitive activity like the Memphis Cup of Nations.”

CBU, as part of the international Lasallian network that educates people in 82 countries around the world, became involved with the Cup of Nations because the event embodies its core values of faith, service and community. “We are so happy to be able to partner with these wonderful organizations that serve the people of Memphis. They truly reflect our own commitment to be an agent of transformation within our community,” said Senior Director of External Affairs, Wendy Sumner-Winter. “And, this partnership is particularly gratifying because the members of our men’s and women’s soccer teams here at CBU hail from many countries.”

International teams wishing to participate in the Memphis Cup of Nations 2014 must complete a registration form, but the event is free. Teams of any level representing any nation are welcome. For more information, or to register, visit:, or call (901) 683-6887 CUMC Athletics Department.

Press Contact:
Kyle Rote Jr.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Soccer
(901) 606-04440

Posted in Advancement, Athletics, Events, Faculty & Staff, Lasallian, Memphis Community, Press Releases

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Gulf South Conference-high four Christian Brothers University basketball players were named to the Academic All-GSC Team.

The Bucs comprised half of the men’s Academic All-GSC Team. Senior guard Cory McArthy (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers College HS), junior guard Trey Casey (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle HS) and sophomore forward Drew Hildreth (Memphis, Tenn./Bolton HS) all earned spots on the Academic All-GSC Team after leading the Bucs to an 18-11 record and the GSC finals.

McArthy started all 29 games for the Bucs, scoring 13.0 points per game with 2.2 assists per game, and he carries a 3.59 GPA in business administration.

Casey, also a First Team All-GSC and Capital One First Team Academic All-America pick, averaging 17.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game to go with a perfect 4.0 GPA in business administration. Casey was the only unanimous selection to the men’s Academic All-GSC squad.

Hildreth averaged 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Bucs to go with a 3.45 GPA in business administration.

Senior guard Erica Burgess (Memphis, Tenn./Central HS) represents the Lady Bucs on the women’s Academic All-GSC team after leading CBU to a 15-13 record and the No. 4 seed in the GSC Tournament. Burgess averaged 14.3 points and 2.5 steals per game while carrying a 4.0 GPA as she pursues her master’s degree in teaching.

CBU placed a total of 13 players on the GSC Winter Academic Honor Roll, with seven men’s players and six women’s players. CBU’s total of 13 is tied for the highest total for any full GSC member, as is the men’s total of seven members.

To be nominated for the Academic All-GSC Team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be starters or significant contributors to the team. Freshmen and first-semester transfers are ineligible. SID’s and FAR’s of GSC member schools conduct a joint vote to select the winners. The Academic Honor Roll comprises all players who carry at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and participate in at least one game, match or meet against outside competition.

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Canoes Made of Concrete, Bridges Made of Steel, and Mystery Projects Challenge Students

The Christian Brothers University School of Engineering will play host to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Deep South Conference on March 27-29. The Deep South Conference is held every year to foster desirable relations among the student chapters and clubs within the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The main goal of the conference is to further technical, professional, and ethical knowledge of these students as it relates to civil engineering. This goal is carried out by hosting annual competitions that allow students to apply the principles and concepts they have learned in their undergraduate studies.

This year’s conference, with events to be held at Christian Brothers High School, Shelby Farms Patriot Lake, and the Agricenter International, will feature five competitions:

The Concrete Canoe Competition challenges the students’ knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material. The Canoe competition will be held on March 28 at Patriot Lake, with display and aeasthetic judging of the canoes at 8:00 a.m. The Canoe Swamp Test will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by Slalom Races at 10:30 a.m. The finale Canoe Sprint Races will be held at 1:30 p.m.

The Steel Bridge Competition is a comprehensive project experience that takes students from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing. The end result is a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The Bridge Setup will take place on March 29 in the West Pavilion of Agricenter International at 8:00 a.m., with the competition following from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Surveying Competition tests students’ abilities at the technique, profession and science of surveying through three events. The Level Loop event tests surveying skills associated with establishing elevations. The Traverse Loop tests the ability to run an open traverse given one known point (northing/easting) and a basis of bearings.  The Surveying Estimates event tests the ability of the students to estimate horizontal distances between two set points by pacing and estimate the horizontal angle between two distant objects without using any tools, instruments or accessories. The Surveying Competiton will take place on March 28 at Patriot Lake, 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The Mead Paper Competition is an oral paper presentation, named in honor of the 67th President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, that provides an opportunity for young civil engineers to further their professional development and gain national attention. 
Addressing the topic of “Natural Disasters – What are the Civil Engineer’s Responsibilities?”, the papers should not exceed 2000 words and must bne written by one person. Presentations will be made on March 29 in the Seminar Room of Agricenter International, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Winning papers will be egible to compete in the national contest.

The Mystery Competition challenges students to to use provided materials to accomplish the given task at hand, to build teamwork, encourage attention to detail, recognize and apply relevant analysis/design information, and most importantly, to have fun! The task and the materials will be provided at the time of the competition, hence the “mystery.” The Mystery Competition will be held on March 29 in the Seminar Room of Agricenter International, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Competition events will also be broadcast online at

More information on the Deep South Conference can be found at


Posted in Events, Press Releases, School of Engineering

MEMPHIS – Christian Brothers University will start men’s and women’s track and field this fall, interim athletic director Donna Crone announced. CBU cross country coach Bill Hoffman will also coach the track and field teams.

“I think track and field is a natural addition to our athletics program,” Crone said. “Coach Hoffman already does a great job with the cross country program, and I know he’ll do well with track and field too. He’s already taken a few of his cross country runners to compete in distance running events at track meets, and they’ve done well.”

Student-athletes interested in the track and field program are encouraged to contact Bill Hoffman at

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MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University will offer information sessions for transfer students Monday-Thursday, March 17-20 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. each day. The sessions are open to any student who wants information about transferring to CBU, but special attention will be available for students affected by the closing of Victory University.

“CBU has always been welcoming to transfers, whether it’s because a student simply changes his or her mind or because they’ve found themselves in a difficult situation—such as the closure of Victory,” says Toni Ross, dean of CBU’s College of Adult Professional Studies. “We are very concerned about these students whose educational careers have been potentially interrupted. We really want to help, and we’ll do what we can to make sure they can continue to pursue their college degrees.”

CBU offers more than 50 undergraduate degree tracks or academic concentrations in liberal arts, business, engineering, and science in both a traditional full-time day program and in hybrid/online evening classes for working adults.

The transfer information sessions will be held in Buckman Hall on the CBU campus. Interested students should bring a copy of their current college transcript in order to facilitate calculation of transfer credits. For more information on the sessions, students may call (901) 321-3291 or visit

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