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MEMPHIS-Junior forward Alex Bickenbach (Memphis, Tenn., St. Benedict HS) scored two goals, including the game-winner with 19.9 seconds remaining in double-overtime, to lift the Christian Brothers University Lady Bucs to a 2-1 win over West Alabama, moving them into second place in the Gulf South Conference standings with one game to play.

Nicki Gears put the Tigers (10-6-0, 5-4-0 GSC) on the board in the 14th minute as she finished after receiving a throughball from Kirsten Reily. Bickebach found the equalizer in the 24th minute, scoring off a cross into the six-yard box from KatelynGraham (Memphis, Tenn./St. Benedict HS).

From there, neither side could find the net again through regulation. The game appeared to be headed for a 1-1 tie in the final seconds of the second overtime as UWA took a goal kick with just 30 seconds remaining. CBU’s Carly Downing (Cordova, Tenn./St. Benedict HS) won the ball, heading it ahead to Bickenbach, who worked around a defender and fired a low strike into the net for the game-winner for the Lady Bucs (11-3-2, 5-3-1 GSC).

The Lady Bucs out-shot UWA 13-12 for the game, but UWA held a 5-3 edge in shots on goal as Robyn Wade (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS) made four saves to earn the victory.

With the win, the Lady Bucs move into sole possession of second place with 16 points, one ahead of West Alabama and Valdosta State. West Florida already clinched first place with 25 points. With a win in their final GSC game Friday at Delta State, the Lady Bucs would lock up the No. 2 seed in the GSC Tournament Nov. 7-10 in Pensacola, Fla.

The Lady Bucs visit Delta State at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon in their final GSC game. The Lady Bucs’ final home game is set for Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. as they celebrate Senior Day in a non-conference game against North Alabama.

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LIVINGSTON, Ala.-Four different players scored to lift the Christian Brothers University Bucs to a 4-2 win at West Alabama Sunday afternoon.

Jose Ferraz (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) opened the scoring in the ninth minute as he scored unassisted for his 11th goal of the season to put the Bucs (7-8-1, 5-7-1 GSC). In the 26th minute, Kevin Tikhomiroff (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Complexo Eucacional Contemporaneo) sent a corner kick into the box for Samuel Wilson (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS), who headed it home for his first career goal.

The Tigers (10-5-1, 7-5-1) broke through in the 28th minute when Vitor Gazza fired a shot from 12 yards out into the top left corner of the net, sending the game to halftime with the Bucs ahead 2-1.

Wilson set up another goal in the 67th minute, when Matt Derise (Lafayette, La./St. Thomas More HS) headed in his throw-in to give the Bucs a 3-1 edge, and Diego Silva Vieira (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Colegio Pitagoras) tacked on another score in the 73rd minute, scoring off a double-assist by Ferraz andYoussef Naciri (Casablanca, Morocco/LAK High School).

William Artige scored unassisted as time expired to set the final margin at 4-2.

The Bucs out-shot UWA 17-13 for the game, including an 11-6 edge in shots on goal. Britton McGuire (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) made four saves to earn the victory.

The Bucs close out their GSC schedule Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. as they visit Delta State. Their final regular-season contest is Saturday, Nov. 2, as they host Palm Beach Atlantic.

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Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, will present “The Beloved Community and the Mystical Body of Christ” as part of the Distinguished Catholic Lectors Series on Tuesday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater at Christian Brothers University (CBU).

Prevailing interpretations of the Civil Rights Movement analyze its political, economic, and legal advances and setbacks. Over the past several years, theologians have come to recognize Martin Luther King’s agenda for social transformation as a practical-political theology. Copeland’s lecture draws out the theological orientation of King’s activism, since the deepest goal of that work was neither desegregation, nor integration, but the achievement of “the beloved community,” a concrete realization of the Catholic notion of the Mystical Body of Christ.

“Shawn was both a mentor and colleague of mine when I was at Marquette,” notes CBU Chair and Associate Professor of Religion & Philosophy, Dr. Scott Geis.  “She is a truly amazing individual on both personal and professional levels, and CBU is privileged to have her speak to our community in a few weeks.”

“Dr. Copeland is among the most prominent Catholic theologians writing today,” notes CBU Associate Professor of Religion & Philosophy, Dr. Emily Holmes. “She embodies the very best in Catholic thought: faith seeking understanding, unwavering commitment to social justice, and compassionate attention to the most marginalized members of our church and our society.”

Copeland holds a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston College. She is a prolific author, with more than 100 publications to her credit. She is author of Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race and Being (Fortress 2010) and of The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille (Paulist 2009); principal editor of Uncommon Faithfulness: the Black Catholic Experience (Orbis 2009), and co-editor with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza of Feminist Theologies in Different Contexts (Orbis 1996) and Violence Against Women (Orbis Books, 1994) both of which have been translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Copeland is an elected member of the Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR) and the Society for Values in Higher Education (SCHE). She has been recognized for her theological scholarship by Barry University with the Yves Congar Award for Excellence in Theology; and for her advocacy by the Black Women’s Community Development Foundation with the Sojourner Truth Award. Copeland is also a former Convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS), an interdisciplinary learned association of Black Catholic scholars, and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), the primary professional association of Catholic theologians in the United States and Canada.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about this lecture at CBU, contact Dr. Emily Holmes at (901) 321-3325 or

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MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University is pleased to announce the establishment of a three-year Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies position in the Religion and Philosophy Department of the School of Arts. This position was established to strengthen the Catholic identity of CBU by providing more opportunities for students to study the faith.  Father Bruce Cinquegrani has been selected for this position and is currently teaching courses in Catholicism and Understanding Religion.

Fr. Bruce currently serves as Pastor of St. Brigid Catholic Church and as Episcopal Vicar for Divine Worship, Spiritual Life and Catechesis for the Diocese of Memphis. He has a Master of Divinity degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology and a Master of Arts degree in Liturgical Theology from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Liturgical and Sacramental Theology from Barry University.

Dr. Scott Geis, Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, said, “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that [Fr. Bruce will] is serving our students and participating in the life of our department and university in this capacity.”


The addition of Fr. Bruce in this position will strengthen the offerings of the Religious Studies requirements in CBU’s General Education Core. Dr. Paul Haught, Dean of the School of Arts, is confident that the establishment of this position, in addition to other community-awareness endeavors pursued by the Religion and Philosophy Department, will help sustain “the community’s confidence that CBU is a resource for the intellectual and spiritual lives of Catholics and all of those in the community for whom we are called to serve as Lasallian educators.”

This position is being funded by the Fishers of Men of the Memphis Diocese.  Bill Platten, President of the Fishers of Men, said, “We are excited to assist in strengthening the Catholic experience at CBU.  Our goal is to help the students learn and experience the truth and fullness of the Catholic faith as they pursue their education.”

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“Cyberattack: A Threat to National Security”

Joel F. Brenner, former national counterintelligence executive and mission manager for counterintelligence at the Office of the National Counterintelligence (CI) Executive, will be the keynote speaker at the Fall 2013 M.L. Seidman Town Hall Lecture at Christian Brothers University (CBU) on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall.

Brenner will address the topic “Cyberattack: A Threat to National Security. Protecting our Nation, our Businesses and Ourselves.” Brenner is a cybersecurity expert and provides business strategies on this complex issue. Currently, he specializes in data protection and privacy, network security, intelligence law, and the regulation of sensitive cross-border transactions at Cooley LLP. He has represented companies and individuals in a wide variety of transactions and proceedings including sensitive foreign acquisitions and overseas operations, the liability of foreign governments, export controls, and internal corporate investigations. He has years of experience inside and outside government involving national and homeland security.

Before joining Cooley, Brenner was Senior Counsel at the National Security Agency, advising Agency leadership on the public-private effort to create better security for the Internet. From 2006 until mid-2009, he was the head of U.S. counterintelligence under the Director of National Intelligence and was responsible for integrating the counterintelligence activities of the 17 departments and agencies with intelligence authorities, including the FBI and CIA and elements of the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security. From 2002 – 2006, Mr. Brenner was NSA’s Inspector General, responsible for that agency’s top secret internal audits and investigations. He has also served as a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and has extensive trial and arbitration experience in private practice.

Brenner is the author of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime and Warfare. In addition, he has written about intelligence oversight and Presidential authority to suspend or prohibit foreign takeovers of U.S. firms, and is often quoted in the national media on data security, privacy, and intelligence issues. Brenner was awarded the Intelligence Community Achievement Medal for his work.

Brenner holds a JD from the Harvard Law School, a PhD from the London School of Economics, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law & National Security.

The M.L Seidman Memorial Town Hall Series was established by Mr. and Mrs. P.K. Seidman in memory of Mr. M.L. Seidman, founder of an international accounting firm who maintained an active interest in public issues. This series of lectures is scheduled every year in light of current public issues. The town hall forum format encourages the active participation of students, faculty and members of the Memphis community.

For more information or to RSVP for the Lecture, call (901) 321-3272 or email by October 17.

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Dr. Pascal Bedrossian, professor and chair of the mathematics & computer science department at Christian Brothers University (CBU) was honored with the 2013 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the recent Academic Convocation.

Since coming to CBU to study engineering from his home in Lebanon where he attended a Lasallian school, Bedrossian has earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in two and a half years and then a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Memphis. For the past 22 years, Bedrossian has lived the Lasallian values of excellence in teaching, care and respect for the student as an individual, and attention to faith, service and community.

Upon completing his studies in 1990, Bedrossian returned to CBU as an adjunct professor and then a full-time professor. Just as many Christian Brothers have been called to do, he responded to a need of CBU by returning to the University of Memphis to obtain a Master’s in Computer Science so that he could teach in both the Mathematics and Computer Science departments.

During his career at CBU, Bedrossian has become renowned for giving extra time to the wayward student, or the student who suffers the common ailment of math paranoia. He has given countless hours to students, both in lower level math classes as well as pushing students to the highest levels.  He is noted for seeing the potential in each student and encouraging them  to reach their goals.

True to his selfless nature, Bedrossian accepted three terms as chair of the mathematics & computer science department, has repeatedly developed the University final exam schedule, served on the compensation committee, and still had time to assist colleagues. As part of his commitment to being Lasallian,  he speaks with Freshmen to explain the concept of the Lasallian World, and to show how a Lasallian student from across the world can make CBU in Memphis home.

As the 2013 Distinguished Lasallian Educator, world-known for  his research in graph theory and possessing several theorems named “Bedrossian theorems,” Bedrossian could have gone anywhere in the world to find fame and fortune. Instead he chose to live the Lasallian values here at CBU.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as a Distinguished Lasallian Educator. It is also very humbling to me because I have been educated in the Lasallian schools from first grade through my BS degree in Electrical Engineering at CBU,”  states Bedrossian.  “I  have witnessed firsthand the dedication and sacrifices of the Lasallian educators and [Christian]Brothers in educating and forming their students.”

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. Recipients must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.

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 Comedy is a Roller Coaster Ride

The Visual and Performing Arts department of Christian Brothers University (CBU) announces the opening of the 2013 Fall Play Private Eyes. Performances for Private Eyes are scheduled for October 31-November 2 at 7:30 p.m. and November 3 at 2:00 p.m. in the University Theater.

Steven Dietz’ Private Eyes is a comedy that is a roller coaster ride between truths and lies, filled with surprises and misdirection. Matthew and Lisa are rehearsing a play. Lisa may or may not be having an affair with their British director, Adrian.  In any case, Matthew tries to cope with his troubled marriage by seeing his therapist, Frank. Then, there is Cory, a mysterious woman, who seems to be shadowing their every move. She helps bring the story to its surprising conclusion. Or does she?  The audience itself plays the role of detective in this hilarious relationship thriller about love and the power of deception.

“The audience is on the stage and close to the actors—a black box environment.  I really enjoy intimate theatre—theatre that is more like film—a more naturalistic style of acting,” states Matthew Hamner, Director and Assistant Professor of Visual & Performing Arts. “When I first read the play, I thought of Christopher Nolan’s films such as Inception or The Prestige.  In those films, Mr. Nolan is asking us what is real and what is not.  Our playwright Steven Dietz does the same.  I hope the audience gets a kick out of the play.” 

The cast includes CBU students Nic Picou (Adrian), Chelsea Smithers (Cory), Alani Lee Denise (Lisa), Jessica Love (Frank), and Cale Baskin (Matthew).

This event is open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations must be made in order to guarantee seating. For CBU staff, faculty, and students admission is $1 with valid photo ID. General admission is $5. Reservations can be made online at

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The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) will feature the paintings of artists Pamela Kelso Craig, Sharon Grinspan, Virginia Schoenster, and Veronica Tronolone. The exhibit entitled “Four Women: For Art’s Sake” will open with a reception on Friday, October 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library.

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

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Dr. John Varriano (left photo) and Dr. Jeffrey Sable (right photo) with Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, and Dr. Kelli Hefner, CBU Dean of Academic Services.

Memphis Dr. John A. Varriano, Chair of the Physics & Natural Science department, at Christian Brothers University (CBU) was selected as the 2013 Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year and Dr. Jeffrey Sable, Assistant Professor of Behavior Science, was named the Outstanding New Academic Advisor of the Year during CBU’s recent Academic Convocation.

The Outstanding Academic Advisor awards are presented annually to faculty members who go above and beyond to serve as academic advisors to CBU students. To be considered for the Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year, a faculty member must have five or more years of advising experience. In reflecting on this achievement, Varriano notes, “It’s a real honor to be recognized by my advisees and the CBU community. Teaching and advising are the two main ways that I can help students, and I feel fortunate that these two activities are such a key part of what makes CBU so special.”

To be selected as the Outstanding New Academic Advisor, a faculty member must have less than five years of advising experience. “Advising is a uniquely personal way of teaching, in which we help to apply the mortar that pulls various academic pieces together into a pattern that’s appealing to each student as an individual,” said Sable this year’s receipient. “It has been very encouraging to hear such positive feedback from my advisees, as well as my peers.”

The candidates for the awards are selected based on results from a survey that CBU students complete on their advising experience. Student comments and nominations for their advisors are also solicited and considered. Finalists for the awards are then reviewed and the winners chosen by a selection committee.

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Joseph Paul Nadicksbernd, Athletic Director at Christian Brothers University (CBU), passed away Wednesday, September 18. Nadicksbernd was an unmistakable icon of CBU for over 46 years as player, coach and administrator.

“Coach Nate,” as he was affectionately known, was CBU’s Athletic Director since 2003. Born January 7, 1949, Nadicksbernd graduated from Newport Central Catholic High School in Kentucky and came to CBU to play baseball and basketball. After a Hall of Fame career as a baseball and basketball player, he moved to his native northern Kentucky to begin his coaching career.

But Nadicksbernd returned to CBU a year later as an assistant baseball coach, and he never left. As CBU’s head baseball coach for 25 years, he was the University’s all-time winningest coach.

He also served as the University’s men’s basketball coach for four years and assistant athletic director. In 1999, Nadicksbernd moved into athletics administration full-time, first as associate athletic director and ultimately serving as athletic director for the last 11 years of his career at CBU.

Under Nadicksbernd’s leadership, CBU won six GSC championships and sent seven teams to NCAA Tournaments. He also led CBU to high achievements off the field, with the Athletics Department as a whole carrying a 3.0 GPA and seven student-athletes earning a top-ten finish for the Commissioner’s Trophy, which recognizes the top student-athlete in the GSC each year, recognizing excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

While passionate about athletics, Nadicksbernd took more pride in the individual academic success of CBU students. He often was heard stating, “Our priority in athletics is winning, but our ultimate priority is academics and students receiving their degrees from CBU. That’s our true success.”

Nadicksbernd’s impact extended far beyond the Athletics Department. He loved the University that he served and never missed an opportunity to impact others’ lives. Among the many accolades that Nadicksbernd received were the Brother Dominic Dunn Award for Student Service in 1999, the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award in 2002, and induction into the inaugural class of the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Additionally, the CBU baseball program annually presents the “Coach Nate” Award to the graduating senior who best exemplifies Joe’s integrity and excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

The most recent honor was the University naming its baseball field Nadicksbernd Field commemorating his lifelong contributions to CBU, especially its baseball program. It was on that field as a player that he first impacted the program with his .329 batting average, 17 homers and 104 RBIs, leading CBU to four straight winning records. He also excelled in basketball, ranking fourth in career scoring and second in career rebounding upon his graduation. More than 40 years later, his 963 rebounds still rank fourth in school history.

Nadicksbernd is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Carol, who is the office manager in the Physical Plant office at CBU, two sons Russell (Heather Reeves) and Spencer (Jennifer Jacks) and three precious grandchildren in Sara, Madeleine, and Joseph.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m.-Noon at St Louis Catholic Church in Memphis with the Mass of Christian Burial immediately following. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will follow at Christian Brothers University, in the Alfonso Dining Hall from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

View the Memorial Mass at CBU (September 19) >>>

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