The CBU Office of Advancement and the Visual and Performing Arts Department will hold open auditions for A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters on January 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Kenrick 200.

Auditions are open to everyone, but CBU alumni who fell in love during their time on campus are especially encouraged to audition. Experience is not necessary and no memorization is required as actors will be reading from the script.

There are roles for six males and six females. There will be three rehearsals on February 11, 12, and 13 culminating with a single special Valentine’s reading (with dinner) on February 14 in Sabbatini Lounge.

Love Letters is the story of Andrew Ladd III  and Melissa Gardner’s complex relationship as told through the reading of a lifetime of correspondence between the two — from childhood birthday invitations and thank you notes to pledges of adolescent infatuation, through the trials and tribulations of marriage, professional aspirations, parenthood, addiction, and ultimately to their love affair.

To schedule an audition appointment, please contact the director, Matthew Hamner, at or (901) 321-3026.

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Brinsley Cooper (left) and Alexis Gillis (right) were named to the AVCA All-Region Team. Cooper was Freshman of the Year, and Gillis was First Team All-Region.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - NCAA South Region volleyball coaches voted Christian Brothers University middle blocker Brinsley Cooper (Rossville, Ind., Rossville HS) as the American Volleyball Coaches Association South Region Freshman of the Year, and they voted Alexis Gillis (Corpus Christi, Texas, Carroll HS) as an AVCA First Team All-Region selection.

Cooper is the Lady Bucs’ second straight South Region Freshman of the Year. Also Second Team All-GSC and the GSC Freshman of the Year, Cooper averaged 2.49 kills per set and hit .338 as she led a young Lady Bucs team to a 15-19 record, fourth place in the GSC and the GSC semifinals. She led the GSC and ranked 43rd in the nation in hitting percentage.

Gillis, a sophomore outside hitter, averaged 3.73 kills and 2.89 digs per set, hitting .176 with 4.20 points per set. She led the GSC and was 35th in the nation in kills per set, and she led the GSC and finished 45th in the nation in points per set. She also averaged 0.29 aces per set, helping the Lady Bucs lead the GSC as a team in service aces.

Gillis’ selection marks the third straight year for the Lady Bucs to be represented on the AVCA All-Region First Team. Kelsey Miles was a First Team selection in 2011 and an honorable mention pick in 2012. Kristina Headrick was the Freshman of the Year in 2012, also earning a spot on the First Team.


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Want a chance to win $10,000???

During each home basketball game of the season, there will be a basketball contest at half-time for both the women’s and men’s game from the list of students who have registered for the $10,000 SHOT contest. Possible half-time contests will include Half-court Shot, Knock Out Contest, Free Throws in 30 or 60 seconds (match up), Shot Sequence, and other fun games that we will think of! The prize for each contest will be one $50 gift Card to the CBU Bookstore.  This contest is sponsored by Follet.

So, how do you win the $10,000? 

Attend at least four (4) men’s and four (4) women’s home games prior to Homecoming. (There are a total of nine men’s games and nine women’s games, totaling 18 games. Students who attend more than the required eight games will be given an extra entry for each game over the minimum attendance requirement.) Check in for each game with a “SHOT” representative to have your name checked off. This data will be collected using the IPad app “Zkipster” for events. By checking in, you’re entered into a drawing for the “SHOT.”  The “SHOT” is a 4-shot sequence (consisting of a  layup/bank shot, free throw, 3-pointer, and a half-court shot) made in succession within 23 seconds.

The date of the “SHOT” is February 1.  A random drawing will take place of the students that met the requirements above. One student’s name will be selected from the random drawing. If the selected student can successfully complete the “SHOT” Sequence, he or she will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000!

All students are eligible – full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate, APS. Entries will be accepted through the January 30 games against Alabama-Huntsville. The “SHOT” is sponsored by Aramark.


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In response to the recent devastation in the Philippines and the related Lasallian ministries spread throughout the region, CBU is launching “Change for thePhilippines.”   With just a few coins each day, we hope to make a difference much bigger than ourselves during the next week.  We urge all members of the CBU Community to take part in this “Change for the Philippines” competition since some of our students, faculty, staff, and Brothers have family members directly affected by this tragedy.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You as an individual or organization/group get together and raise money.  How you do that is up to you!  You can go “canning,” you can initiate a penny war, you can create a “give thanks” wall where donors write what they’re thankful for on a leaf.
  2. During the annual Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday, November 20, we will be praying for and mentioning our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.  Br. Ricky Layong, a Brother in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, will reflect on his time in his home country.
  3. If you—or the organization you represent—has some money collected, the totals will be included on the large thermometer in the Café.
  4. We will then have two more days to collect funds for the Philippines.
  5. On Friday, November 22 at 5:00 p.m. in Alfonso, we will have the final collection for our week of work.
  6. The organization or individual that donates the most money will be announced at the BSA talent show on November 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater and will win a $100.00 gift card to Central BBQ.
Our goal? We want to raise $10,000. Come on, CBU. We can do it.
Good luck and start saving that change to MAKE A CHANGE FOR THE PHILIPPINES.
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Dr. and Mrs. John Smarrelli Jr., the Brothers of the Lambert Hall Community, and the Student Government Association invite the entire CBU community  to the annual Christmas Celebration and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 5 in Buckman Quad and Alfonso Dining Hall.

Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m., with the Tree Lighting at 6:00 p.m. Other Christmas treats in store include photos with Santa, a special performance by the Angel Tree and Blessing Bags to benefit families in need this holiday season.  and Holiday Music courtesy of DJ John Dawson. There will also be an Angel Tree and Blessing Bags to benefit families in need this holiday season.

RSVP to the Santa Hotline at 321-3082 or

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The Fresh Reads program of Christian Brothers University (CBU), in partnership with the Commercial Appeal and Facing History and Ourselves and through a sponsorship by International Paper, will host New York Times best-selling author, Wes Moore in the University Theater on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. The evening with Moore will follow a serialization of his best-selling book, The Other Wes Moore, in the Commercial Appeal, which will be available to all subscribers.

The Other Wes Moore tells the true story of two kids with same name, living in similar family situations in similar rough neighborhoods. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a challenging and at times, hostile world.

Raised by a widowed mother, Moore grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baltimore. Despite early aca­d­e­mic and behav­ioral strug­gles, he grad­u­ated as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Col­lege, and from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, study­ing Inter­na­tional Rela­tions at Oxford University. After completing his studies, Moore served a com­bat tour of duty in Afghanistan. He then served as a White House fel­low to Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice. He also founded an orga­ni­za­tion called STAND! that works with Bal­ti­more youth involved in the crim­i­nal jus­tice system, and is the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Started in 2011, Fresh Reads is a summer reading program through which CBU freshman get to read and discuss the same book with upperclassmen and faculty members. Through the Fresh Reads book of choice, freshmen are invited to reflect on their life and the lives of those around them, motivating them to change, serve, respond and consider.

The partnership with Facing History and Ourselves and the sponsorship from International Paper has made this event free and open to the public. For more information on this event, contact Dr. Karen Golightly at (901) 321-4483 or

To RSVP for the event, visit Facing History and Ourselves.

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Camilla Rodrigues was voted First Team All-GSC.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Gulf South Conference women’s soccer coaches voted four Christian Brothers University Lady Bucs to the All-Gulf South Conference Team, and they named CBU head coach Kieron Heblich GSC Co-Coach of the Year.

Sophomore midfielder Camilla Rodrigues (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/American School) was selected to the First Team after she scored seven goals with seven assists in 18 games, leading the Lady Bucs to a 12-4-2 record and a second-place finish in the GSC standings.

Sophomore midfielder Chelsea Cassacia (Germantown, Tenn./St. Benedict HS) was a Second Team selection after scoring one goal and two points in 18 games as a defensive-minded midfielder.

Frehsman defender Gabrielle Pilgrim (Rockford, Mich./Rockford HS) and senior defender Amanda Smith (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS) joined Cassacia on the Second Team after anchoring the Lady Bucs’ back line. Pilgrim played 18 games and Smith played 16.

Heblich shared Co-Coach of the Year with West Florida’s Joe Bartlinski after guiding the Lady Bucs to a second-place finish in a season where they were picked to finish seventh.

The Lady Bucs return to action in the GSC semifinals Friday night at Brosnaham Park in Pensacola, Fla. They play at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of Thursday night’s matchup between Valdosta State and Alabama-Huntsville.

More info>>>

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Gulf South Conference men’s soccer coaches voted two Christian Brothers University Bucs to the All-GSC Team announced this afternoon.

Senior defender Ralph Velasco (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett HS) earned First Team All-GSC honors after playing 16 games, starting 15 along the Bucs’ back line. He wa also a Second Team All-GSC pick as a freshman in 2010.

Junior forward Jose Ferraz (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) joined him as a First Team All-GSC selection after scoring 12 goals with two assists in 17 games. Ferraz is on the All-GSC First Team for the third consecutive season.

Ferraz, Velasco and the Bucs play in the GSC Semifinals Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. against top-seeded West Florida. The championship game is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

More info>>>

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Myiesha Griffin has been appointed as the Coordinator of External Communications and Social Media at Christian Brothers University (CBU). In this position, Griffin will serve as the primary contact for media representatives and will disseminate media information on behalf of the University with the Senior Director of External Communications and Donor Relations. She will also provide dynamic leadership within the campus community to develop and implement increased digital communications (website and social media) with both internal and external audiences.

Griffin recently completed her Master of Science degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications with a Social Media concentration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is experienced in crisis, intercultural, and digital communication as well as assessment and social media techniques.

Previously, Griffin worked as Sales and Marketing Manager and social media ninja for Sprint Nextel, where she led a sales team through daily sales activities via intranet communication channels and collateral and marketing distribution. Through social media, she assisted Sprint in reaching the largest pool of demographics possible. Some of her work as a Sprint Certified Social Media Ninja involved working with disgruntled customers and maintaining a positive perception of the brand through direct customer interaction.

“Mye is extremely sharp,” notes Wendy Sumner-Winter, Senior Director of External Affairs & Donor Relations. “She brings so many new ideas and solid experience to this position, and we are really excited to have her on our team.”

Griffin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism with a Sociology minor from the University of Memphis.

Griffin will work as part of the organizational restructuring of the Advancement, Communications and Marketing Departments at CBU. In an effort to maintain integrated marketing, communication and fundraising plan and message, and to improve operational efficiency, communications and marketing support will be a component of the External Communications and Donor Relations Unit of the Office of Advancement. Wendy Sumner-Winter will lead this Unit as Senior Director. The Unit includes Cory Dugan as Director of Communication Strategies and Projects, Jacob Edwards as Director of Creative Services, Myiesha Griffin as Coordinator of External Communications and Social Media, and Hannah Evon as the New York Times Scholarship Intern.  Eric Opperman, Director of Athletic Communications, will be an auxiliary member of the team, reporting to Stephen Kirkpatrick, Senior Director of Development.

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Women in Engineering (WIE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host a panel discussion on “Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)” on November 15, 5:30-8:00 p.m., in Sabbatini Lounge in the Thomas Center on the campus of Christian Brothers University.

Students and professionals are welcome at this FREE event. Panelists include women from the industry and academia. They will discuss various topics such as their career path, workplace challenges, career transition advice, importance of networking and work/life balance followed by Q & A session. This is also a great networking opportunity.

Moderators are Dr. Amy Curry (Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis) and Dr. Divya Choudhary (Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CBU).

Panelists will include Belinda G. Watkins (VP, Enterprise Information and Security Engineering for FedEx Services), Dr. Barbara Blum (Sr. Project Engineer, Biologics Development for Wright Medical Technology), Regina Holmes (PMP, Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist Enabling Technologies Spinal and Biologics for Medtronic), Maria Teresa Lensing (Signature Client – Vice President for AT&T), Heather Kraus (Roadway Project Engineer for Kimley-Horn and Associates), Brittany Course (IT Applications Associate for Sedgwick), and Elizabeth Gire (Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Memphis).

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP to Dr. Divya Choudhary at or (901) 216-1999 by Tuesday, November 12.

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