MEMPHIS – As part of its Homecoming weekend festivities, CBU held the field dedication ceremony for Joe Nadicksbernd Field on Saturday morning, February 15 at the field. The school also formally retired the late Nadicksbernd’s number 45 jersey.

Pictured above: Carol Nadickbernd is joined by the Nadicksbernd family and Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. to cut the ribbon on the newly christened Joe Nadicksbernd Field at CBU, named in honor and memory of CBU’s beloved athletic director. The dedication was held as part of Homecoming Week on February 15.  A video of the full dedication ceremony is available at this link>>>

Joe Nadicksbernd, simply put, was an icon at CBU. For more than four decades, he served the school as an athlete, as a coach, as a teacher and as an administrator. The Dayton, Ky., native came to CBU in 1967 to play baseball and basketball, and he was a star in both. In baseball, he hit .329 with 17 homers and 104 RBI as catcher, leading CBU to four straight winning records, including a program-best 38-12 mark as a junior. In basketball, he scored 1,246 points with 963 rebounds. When he graduated, he was fourth in school history in scoring and second in rebounding, and he remains fourth in rebounding today.

After wrapping up his playing career, he became “Coach Nate,” as so many fondly knew him. After two years as an assistant, he became CBU’s head baseball coach in 1975. Over the next 25 years, a lot changed at CBU. The school changed names, from Christian Brothers College to Christian Brothers University, changed conferences twice, and changed affiliations, from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. The one constant was “Coach Nate,” as he won 586 games in that span. He also served eight years as a basketball coach, four as assistant and later four as head coach, leading CBU to the VSAC Finals in 1980.

After 25 years as head coach, he moved into administration, first as Assistant Athletic Director, then as Associate Athletic Director and finally, from 2003 until his death in September, as Athletic Director. During his time as athletic director, CBU won six GSC championships and sent seven teams to NCAA Tournaments, including the men’s basketball south regional championship and Elite Eight in 2008 and the men’s basketball Sweet Sixteen in 2012. His passion extended off the field as well. He stressed the overall success of the student-athlete, taking particular pride in the department as a whole carrying a 3.0 GPA numerous times.

Despite his accomplishments over 46 years all across campus, no place at CBU is more symbolic of his service than the field that now bears his name. He helped build it the summer after his freshman year. He hit its first home run. And for 30 years, whether he was player or coach, he maintained it.

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MEMPHIS – The CBU Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2014. This year’s class features eight inductees, and two teams will be recognized with the inaugural Team of Distinction award. The class will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday night, April 12, at 6:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $40 each, and a table of eight is $320.

Mike Bennett starred in baseball from 1984 to 1987. On the mound, he went 21-13 with a 3.99 ERA over 255.0 innings pitched. His five career saves rank third in school history, and his 21 career wins are fourth in school history. He also ranks fourth with 16 complete games. As a junior, he went 9-3, setting a school record for wins in a season, and his nine complete games are second-most in a season. He also hit .311 with 46 runs and 29 RBI in 193 career at-bats as a hitter.

Kenneth Blake starred in basketball from 1993 to 1997. He scored 1,668 points with 622 rebounds, 194 blocked shots and 107 steals over 99 career games. He holds CBU’s career records for blocks and blocks per game, and he is fifth in points per game and eighth in career points. His career .593 field goal percentage is also third in CBU history. His 72 blocks as a sophomore are still CBU’s single-season record.

Wayne Clayborne starred in basketball from 1956 to 1961. He scored 1,045 points over 105 career games. While the rest of his statistics are incomplete, his 322 rebounds as a junior, and his 11.9 rebounds per game that year, still rank sixth in school history.

Missy Gregg completely rewrote the NCAA soccer record books in 2001 and 2002, setting NCAA career records that haven’t been touched by players who have played four years. Gregg scored an NCAA all-division record 135 goals and 287 points in 47 games, leading CBU to the NCAA finals twice and the national championship once. Her 73-goal junior season is an NCAA all-division record, and her 62-goal senior season is second. She also holds the top two seasons in NCAA history in points. In all, she set eight Division II records and eight NCAA all-division records. She won the Honda Award as the Division II Woman Athlete of the Year.

Dave Loos coached the CBU basketball and baseball teams for four years each. He coached the CBU baseball team from 1971 to 1974, and he was men’s basketball coach from 1982 to 1986. On the hardwood, he led CBU to four straight winning seasons, including the 1985 VSAC Championship, when CBU went 25-10. 25 wins are still tied for the most in a season in school history, and the conference championship was the program’s first. He had three straight 20-win seasons, compiling an 82-53 record overall in four years. On the diamond, he went 81-78 in four years, leading CBU to its only VSAC championship in 1973.

Andres Martinez Gonzalez starred in baseball and soccer from 1987 to 1989. On the pitch, he scored 59 goals with 29 assists for 147 career points. He ranks third in school history in goals and points. On the baseball field, he hit .303 with seven homers, 78 RBI and 89 runs scored in 116 career games. He also stole 33 bases, good for 12th in school history.

Margaret Saurin starred in soccer from 2001 to 2002. She scored 47 goals with 64 assists for 158 career points. She set an NCAA all-division record with 1.36 assists per game for her career. Her 35 assists as a senior also broke the NCAA Division II record, and her 29 assists as a junior rank second. She also ranks second in school history in goals and points. She led CBU to back-to-back NCAA finals, including the 2002 national championship.

Inez Scruggs was one of the biggest supporters of CBU athletics as one of the key people who made games possible. She spent decades as the scorekeeper for CBU’s home basketball games.

In addition to the eight inductees, CBU will recognize its first two Teams of Distinction. The 2001 women’s soccer team went 22-1 and reached the national championship game before losing to UC San Diego. The 2002 Lady Buc soccer team went 25-1 and won the only national championship in CBU history. Members of both teams have been invited to the Hall of Fame Banquet, where they will be recognized.

For more information on the banquet, please contact Donna Crone at (901) 321-3478 or An online registration form will be available soon. Until it is ready, those interested in attending may complete the printable registration form.

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CBU’s Spring 2014 Career & Internship Expo has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 18  in Canale Arena, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. More than 40 employers are already confirmed to attend, seeking students and alumni for full-time, part-time, internship & co-op positions.

Make plans to be there! Dress professionally, research companies in advance, and bring plenty of resumes! The expo is open to CBU students and alumni.

Companies currently scheduled to attend as of February 3 include:

Organization Name Majors Recruited
ACE Marketing Force Inc. All Majors, Management, Marketing
Achievement School District Education, Master Of Arts: Teaching LANCE, Master Of Arts: Teaching, Master of Education, Early Childhood Education
All Star Products, Inc, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management Packaging, Engineering Management
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Communications, Management, Marketing, Sports Management, Business Bachelor Of Arts
Alzheimer’s Association All Majors
Aurora Collegiate Academy All Majors
AutoZone, Inc. All Majors
Buckman Laboratories Inc Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Biochemical Engineeirng, Chemical Engineering Biochemistry
Catholic Diocese Of Memphis – Dept. Of Education Education, Early Childhood Education
CBRE Accounting
Cummins Mid-South, LLC Accounting, Finance, Information Technology Management, Marketing, Electrical Engineering, Management Information Systems
EdR Education Realty Trust Accounting, Finance, Computer Science, Master Of Business Administration, Masters In Accountancy, Visual Arts
Enterprise Rent-A-Car All Majors
Experitec Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Engineering Management
Fastenal Company Communications, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Unspecified Business, Unspecified Engineering, Undeclared, Engineering Management, General Studies
Freed-Hardeman University All Majors
Gestalt Community Schools All Majors
HigherVisibility Creative Writing, Management, Marketing, Computer Science, English Secondary Education, English, English-Corporate Communications & Management, Management Information Systems, English For Corporate Communications
Kroger All Majors
Lasallian Volunteers All Majors
Logical Systems Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Engineering Management
Medtronic, Inc. Nursing RN to BSN, Packaging Engineering Certificate Program, Physical/Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, Management, Marketing, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Science, Management Information Systems, Engineering Management Information Management, Master Of Business Administration, Master Of Engineering Management, Masters In Accountancy, Business Bachelor Of Arts, Engineering Management Packaging, Engineering Management, Finance, Master Of Science:  Engineering Management, Bachelor Of Science
Memphis Light, Gas & Water Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Middle Tennessee State University All Majors
MidSouth Financial Group of MassMutual All Majors
Mueller Industries Electrical Engineering, Master Of Business Administration, Engineering Management
Northwestern Mutual All Majors
Nucor Steel Memphis Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Engineering Management Information Management, Business Bachelor Of Arts, Engineering Management Packaging, Engineering Physics, Engineering Management, Bachelor Of Science
Penske Car Rental Memphis Liberal Studies, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Master Of Business Administration, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Business Bachelor Of Arts, Bachelor Of Science
Power & Telephone Supply Information Technology Management, Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Robert Half Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, Management, Unspecified Business, Management Information Systems, Master Of Business Administration, Masters In Accountancy, Cyber Security & Digital Forensics, Finance
ServiceMaster All Majors
SRVS Nursing RN to BSN, Psychology, Applied Psychology Organizational Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Psychology Organizational Management
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital All Majors
Steel Warehouse Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Master Of Arts: Executive Leadership, Master Of Business Administration, Finance, Master Of Science:  Engineering Management, Bachelor Of Science
Teach Memphis / Shelby County Schools All Majors, Education, English Secondary Education, History Secondary Education, Master of Education, Teacher Licensure, Special Education, Early Childhood Education
The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Education, English Secondary Education, History Secondary Education, Master Of Arts: Teaching LANCE, Master Of Arts: Teaching, Master of Education, Natural Science Secondary Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education
The Regional Medical Center Not Specified
University of Tennessee Health Science Center All Majors
Valero Chemistry, Electrical Engineering
YES Prep Public Schools All Majors
Posted in Academics, Advancement, Events, Exhibits, Student Life

CBU announces two campus events in celebration of Black History Month:

Thursday, February 13
Black History Month Lunch and Entertainment
Special performances by CBU African American Greek Organizations and the Divine Gospel Choir
11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. (performance will begin at 12:00 p.m.)
Alfonso Dining Hall
Thursday, February 20
“Right in Your Back Yard”
Speaker: Ms. Rita Harris of the Sierra Club of Memphis

The speaker will explain how pollution sources such as factories, landfills, power plants and other similar facilities are disproportionately located in low-income and people-of-color neighborhoods and affect health and quality of life for all of us.
1:00 p.m., Spain Auditorium

Rita Harris has led Memphis-area environmental justice efforts since 1991. She received the Chickasaw Group’s first Environmental Justice Award in early 1999 and began her work with the Sierra Club in the fall of 1999. Again, in December of 2007, the Chickasaw Group honored her with their Outstanding Community Advocate Award.

In addition to organizing residents in underserved neighborhoods, Harris designs and coordinates grassroots environmental conferences annually, is frequently asked to speak at events inside and outside the Club, and leads Toxic Tours to educate area groups about environmental justice. These tours point out the injustices experienced by individuals living in the shadow of polluters and highlights community success stories!

Her annual “Terrible Ten” reports highlight area polluters while helping communities understand the health effects of air and water pollution. The Tennessee Alliance for Progress (TAP) honored Harris for her many years of work as a community organizer with an award at their May 2008 TAP Long Haul Awards ceremony. In the spring of 2008, Harris was honored by the Memphis Women’s magazine as one of their “Green Women of Shelby County”.

Harris served on the Enforcement Subcommittee of the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council from 1996 to 2001, and currently serves as community co-chair of the 2008 Shelby County Sustainable Shelby Initiative’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

In 2011, Rita Harris won the Sierra Club’s Virginia Ferguson Award for her work to diversify the organization.

This event is co-sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Student Sustainability Coalition.

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Trey Casey

MEMPHIS-Christian Brothers University junior guard Trey Casey (Cincinnati, Ohio, La Salle HS) is the lone Gulf South Conference representative on the Capital One Academic All-District 5 Division II team announced by CoSIDA.

Casey carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in Business Administration, and he is the Bucs’ leading scorer at 18.5 points per game. He ranks third in the GSC and 82nd in the nation in scoring. He is shooting 43.2 percent from three-point range, good for 34th in the nation and second in the GSC. His 2.1 steals per game lead the GSC and rank 41st in the nation.

Casey is the Bucs’ first men’s basketball Academic All-District selection. As a first-team All-District selection, he advances to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot.

To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-District team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible. South Region members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) vote for the winners.

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Magenta Lotus (left) and Bluebird No. 2 (right)

The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) is proud to present a photographic exhibit by Rick Barnard entitled “Visions of Nature.” The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, February 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library. The exhibition will be on display through April 3.

Barnard has been a landscape and nature photographer for seven years, and his photographic prints have been displayed in dozens of exhibits in the Mid-South and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. In April 2013, the Germantown Performing Arts Centre presented an exhibit of his work comprised of 40 prints. In November 2013, selections from Barnard’s portrait, flower, and bird portfolios were on exhibit at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch Jr. Library. In December 2012, Barnard was also named “Photographer of the Year” by the Memphis Camera Club.

Barnard photographs the natural world to capture fresh images of waterfalls, rivers, mountains and deserts. The strong leading lines and compelling compositions that distinguish his work offer a unique perspective on the iconic vistas of the Mid-South and American West.

“Most of us live fast-paced, stressful lives and we sometimes overlook the beauty of this great Earth,” expresses Barnard. “My goal is to create innovative images reflective of the way I feel about the world around me, and share those feelings with others.”

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours at the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery are Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hours may vary due to university schedules. Call (901) 321-3243 to verify, or visit the website at To learn more about Rick Barnard, visit

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Trey Casey

MEMPHIS - CBU junior guard Trey Casey (Cincinnati, Ohio, La Salle HS) earned the Gulf South Conference and Tennessee Sports Writer Association Player of the Week awards after posting back-to-back 30-point games last week for the Bucs.

Casey scored a career-high 32 points to go with five rebounds and three steals in Thursday’s 89-59 win over Union, knocking down 9-of-10 three-pointers. He made his first eight in a row, just two off the NCAA record of 10 straight makes. His 90 percent shooting is a new school record, and his nine threes tied for second in school history. His shooting helped CBU as a team shot 18-of-27, the second-most three-pointers in a game in school history, and the 66.7 percent clip tied for second.

Casey followed with 31 points, six steals, four rebounds and three assists in the Bucs’ 96-89 loss to North Alabama Saturday afternoon. Casey was 10-of-18 overall and made 9-of-10 free throws before fouling out in 38 minutes.

Casey won GSC Player of the Week for the first time of his career, and he won the TSWA award for the second consecutive week. He is the Bucs’ first GSC Player of the Week since the 2011-12 season.

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Christian Brothers University (CBU) announces a series of events in January to observe the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Wednesday, January 15, the University will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest at 6:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium (located in Buckman Hall). Featuring 5th and 6th graders from various Jubilee Schools in the Catholic Diocese, students will be judged on creativity, content and how well the speech reflects their chosen theme. Each student will receive an award with special recognition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Rev. J. Lawrence Turner

CBU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service will be conducted on Thursday, January 16, at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The award-winning speech from the previous evening Oratorical Contest will be presented, as will special musical selections from CBU’s newly formed “Divine Voices Gospel Choir.” The speaker for the service will Reverend J. Lawrence Turner, Senior Pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, who will address the theme of “Called to Serve.”

Rev. Turner has served at Mississippi Boulevard Church since January 13, 2013.  For seven years prior to coming to Mississippi Boulevard, his pastoral assignment was the Community Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut.

A native of Nashville, Rev. Turner is a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of Fisk University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy.  He was a 2001 United Negro College Fund/Andrew Mellon Undergraduate Fellow and a 2002 Fellow of the Fund for Theological Education.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School and was awarded the prestigious H.H. Tweedy Prize for exceptional promise for pastoral leadership. Currently, Turner is pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree in Transformative Leadership at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY.

Understanding the need for excellence in leadership in today’s society, Rev. Turner has demonstrated his gifts and talents in various positions including President of the Yale Divinity School Student Council; Vice President of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention; Secretary for the Board of Directors of the National Action Network; and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority for New Haven.

CBU will conclude its observances on Thursday, January 30, at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium with the “Let’s Talk About Race Panel Discussion.” Talking about racial and ethnic diversity can be a divisive conversation, but it doesn’t have to be. A diverse panel of CBU students, led by facilitator Dr. Kelly James, Assistant Professor of Behavior Sciences, will talk about their lives and we will share insights and dispel some myths.

All events are free and open to the public.

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Christian Brothers University is proud to be the host for the 4th annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference. Established in 2011, the conference is designed to provide a forum for farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and other local food stakeholders to discuss ideas for developing the local food system of Memphis and the Mid-South.  Our vision is one of a thriving local food system that will strengthen farmer livelihoods by connecting more farmers to local consumers; will improve access to fresh produce and increase healthy food consumption; and will stimulate economic development and job creation in the region.

This year we welcome a number of farmers, policy advocates, and scholars from across the region to discuss topics including, but not limited to, urban homesteading, mushroom cultivation, faith-based food justice initiatives, and the role universities can play in building sustainable local food systems. This year’s keynote speakers are Nat Turner, founder of Our School at Blair Grocery in New Orleans; and Miles McMath, Director of Culinary Operations at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Nat Turner was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Carleton College. After working on his PhD in the Politics of Representation for seven years at Emory University he relocated to New York City and taught at the Beacon School for seven years. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the school organized countless reconstruction brigades to New Orleans. In 2008, Turner left New York City to found Our School at Blair Grocery in the Lower Ninth Ward with the mission of creating a resource rich safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development. This entails teaching young people how to grow enough food to create food security for the Lower Ninth Ward, sell food to the restaurants in the French Quarter to help finance the project and its expansion and engage youth and our adult neighbors in conversations about why this work is important to the future development of the neighborhood.

Chef Miles McMath has been the owner of three successful restaurants, and has recorded over 100 cooking segments for local television show Mid South Living, where he appeared weekly for four years. He also appeared on the Food Network’s Simon Super Chefs Live and is a five-time Gold Medal winner in National American Culinary Federation (ACF) competitions.

Today, Miles maintains the garden at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he is Director of Culinary Operations. “St. Jude has given me the opportunity to incorporate all of my experiences into one for the benefit of the patients, families and employees at St. Jude,” he says. “We have a garden that produces everything from mushrooms, lettuce and asparagus, as well as compost from our kitchen and worm beds.”

FEBRUARY 4, 2014
8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Price includes breakfast, lunch, and evening reception.

Visit to purchase tickets.

Students can contact Sean MacInnes ( for a special rate.

Posted in Events, Press Releases, Sustainability

The Christian Brothers University (CBU) Deckhands have been awarded the NCAA Division II 2013 Award of Excellence for the Gulf South Conference.

The CBU Deckhands are a faculty/staff dance team that provides entertainment at CBU athletic events. Because the University does not have cheerleaders, a student dance squad, or a band, the faculty and staff have stepped in to enhance the game environment by increasing school spirit and encouraging game attendance. The CBU Deckhands was formed in September 2013 as part of the “It’s a Great Day at CBU” initiative. The mission of “It’s a Great Day” is to create a vibrant university culture that results in the satisfaction, commitment, pride, and success of all community members. The Deckhands contribute to the mission by dancing, slingshotting CBU swag, and providing fun, family friendly game entertainment.

The NCAA Award of Excellence is granted to one school in each Division II conference in recognition of an activity or event that exemplifies excellence in any of the areas covered by the Division II six attributes (learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion, and service). The awards can recognize many different categories, including community engagement, game environment, student-athlete leadership development, and educational programming.

The award comes with a $500 prize, and the Deckhands are now in competition for National Division II Award of Excellence, which will announced at the NCAA National Convention in San Diego on January 18, 2014.

Posted in Advancement, Athletics, Faculty & Staff