An Accounting Alumni Reception was held at Jim’s Place on November 5. CBU accounting alumni, along with CBU President, Dr. John Smarrelli, and members from the Office of Advancement and the School of Business were there for a fun night of information and networking.
Barcelona, Spain Students can take a full semester of business courses in Spain through La Salle University in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and one of the main ports on the Mediterranean. A city by the sea, it has a perfect climate and a cosmopolitan character. BES Lasalle is known for its practical and innovative education, focused on business innovation and a delivered through a strong international perspective. The deadline is March 15, 2013 for students wishing to study abroad in the fall semester in Spain. Learn more online at http://www.cbu.edu/studyabroad/lasallebarcelona.html.
Bad Gleichenberg, Austria Students with a Hospitality and Tourism Management concentration can take courses at FH Joanneam in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria in the fall 2013 semester. FH Joanneam is located in the eastern sector of Styria, the country’s spa region. Bad Gleichenberg has a long tradition as a spa resort and training centre for the tourism and hotel industry, which makes it an ideal location for the FH Joanneam health service courses. The deadline is March 15, 2013 for students wishing to study abroad in the fall semester in Austria. Learn more online at http://www.cbu.edu/studyabroad/exchangefhjoanneam.html.
Courses Students receive pre-approval on study abroad courses, so that they are able to stay on track with their degree!
Costs CBU scholarships, grants, and all state and federal aid will apply! Students will pay the same tuition as they would at CBU. The only difference in cost between CBU and a semester abroad is the plane ticket and spending money. Room and board are comparable to living on campus at CBU.
Quotes In business major P. Brennen Reynolds’ own words, “My summer in Fribourg, Switzerland, was one that I will cherish forever. Sitting in the seats of diplomats from around the world at the United Nations Headquarters while listening to various specialists speak on everything from disarmament to intellectual property rights offers indescribable inspiration. Thanks to the many new friends and globally-influential people that I met in Switzerland, I am looking forward to leaving my mark on the world.”
Susan Mary Semrick Epley, 92, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on October 28, 2012 at Baptist Trinity Hospice, Collierville, TN. Susan was a member of the Gadsden High School Class of 1938. She graduated from Gaseden Business College in 1940. She was a retired bookkeeper from the former Holy Name of Jesus Hospital in Gadsden, Alabama. She was a member of the Philomena Guild at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and also a former sacristan at both Blessed Sacrament Church and St. Therese Little Flower Church. She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Susan was preceded in death by her brothers, John, George, Fr. Matthew Joseph, Adam and Max, and by her sister, Anna Semrick. She was the widow of Charles B. Epley. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Joanna Marie Chandler. She leaves behind her daughter, Mary Margaret Epley Chandler (Business Administration ’87) and son in law Timothy Chandler (Business Administration ’87); three granddaughters, Regan Elizabeth, Emily Susan and Andrea Brooke Chandler of Arlington, Tennessee and numerous nieces and nephews.
Edward Wesley Genes Jr., father of Matthew Genes (Accounting ’14), passed away November 15 at Baptist Trinity Hospice House.
Lena Hurt, grandmother of Casey Gregory (Management/Sports Management ’13), passed away on November 15.
John J. (Jack) Marchino (Marketing ’63), age 70, Stone Mountain, GA passed away on June 29, 2012. Jack was born in Vincennes, IN on August 8, 1941 to Joseph Edward (Joe) and Mildred Marchino. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Vincennes and Christian Brothers College, Memphis, TN. He served in the US Air Force for 20 years and worked for the Georgia Department of Revenue for 15 years. He was an active member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Jack was also an avid runner, a member of the Atlanta Track Club, and ran in many Peachtree Road Races and completed two Honolulu Marathons. He was also a Vietnam Veteran and was in the Air Force. Jack is survived by wife Ann Marchino, son Allen Marchino (Amy), daughter Leigh Ann Pesterfield (Andy), and 5 grandchildren; Charlie and Max Marchino and Ben, Ashley, and Jake Pesterfield, all of Birmingham, AL, and twin brother James (Jim) Marchino of Evansville, IN.
Virginia Masserano, 96, of Memphis, died October 16, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Masserano was a lifetime Methodist and a member of Longstreet United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Masserano, her sister, Elizabeth Deylong and her brothers, Ernest, Vince and Clarence Vaccaro. She is survived by her daughter, Sister Rose Marie Masserano of St. Cecilia Convent in Nashville and her son, John Masserano (Judy) of Collierville, grandchildren, John Masserano, Jr. (Jennifer) of New York, NY, Patrick Masserano (Alyse) of London (BSBA in Economics/Finance ’96 and MBA ’00), England and Julie Weaver (David) of Germantown, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Teresa Johnson, 47, died September 23, 2012. She leaves a daughter, Tereka Johnson (Business Administration/Finance ’08); parents, Shirley Williams and L.C. Granderson; four sisters, Tiffany Rankins, Doris Evans, Terry Williamson and Sharon Johnson, and two brothers, Larry Granderson and David Williamson II.
Wesley (Turner) T. Pitts, 25, died November 4, 2012. He was the only child of Wesley McArthur Pitts and Sarah Turner Pitts (Chair, Acct/Bus Law/Fin/MIS/Stats). Turner is survived by his grandmother, Reba B. Pitts, of Columbia, SC, his aunt and uncle, Catherine and Brooks Pitts, his aunt, Denise Pitts, and numerous cousins and other relatives, all of South Carolina. Turner also leaves his godmother, Candace Smith, of Houston, TX and his ”adopted” aunts, Alice Paysinger of Jackson, MS, and Terri Yarborough, of Greensboro, NC, and many friends. Turner is also survived by his constant companion, his dearly beloved cat Birdia. Turner was honored to be a member of Columbia Grace Church of the Nazarene in Columbia, SC, and he was also a member of the National Kidney Foundation.
Rachel Whitson Slover, 88, passed away October 7, 2012 after a long illness. Mrs. Slover, born in Covington, TN was married to Frank T. Slover from 1944 until his passing in 1985 and was a longtime member of Germantown Baptist Church. She had once served as the Tennessee Division President of the National Secretary Association International, and was once voted secretary of the year for Tennessee. She then became a successful real estate agent for Crye-Leike Realtors before retiring. She leaves two sons, Steven Slover (wife Janet) of Olive Branch, MS, and Michael Slover (BSBA/Management ’92) (wife Beth) of Germantown, TN. She had been blessed with 5 grandchildren: Christy Capps, Meredith Slover Wilson, Joseph Slover, Daniel Slover, and Sara Slover; one great-grandchild, Kayla Williams, and two great-great-grandchildren, Levi and Rylee.
Robert F. “Bob” Yoakum, Sr., 75, retired Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant, died October 21, 2012 at his home. Mr. Yoakum was a member of Covington First United Methodist Church, FOP, Ret. Tennessee Troopers Association, American Association of State Troopers, and a lifetime member of VFW. He leaves a daughter, Stefanie (Shannon) Beasley of Covington; a son, Robert F. (Melissa) Yoakum, Jr. (MBA ’92) of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Betty (Joe) Burross of Brighton; a brother, Charles (Doris) Yoakum of Covington; granddaughters Abbey and Leah Beasley; three nephews, and one niece. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jake Yoakum.
Please continue to keep them, their families, and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Facebook: You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cbusob.We often post paid internship opportunities, current news, and lots of photographs to this group. Group members are welcome and encouraged to post as well!
LinkedIn: This is a professional networking group for future students, current students, alums and friends of the School of Business at CBU. Join the LinkedIn group to catch up with your professional contacts, favorite professors, check out job openings or post your own, and more.
The CBU Annual Fund allows alumni to designate their gifts to a particular school or area. The online donation page is set up so you can specify where your gift should be used. In addition, you can dedicate your gift to the honor or memory of someone special in your life. Because of its simplicity, giving cash is the most popular form of giving. Cash gifts may be made by currency, check, money order, bank draft, or credit card. The applicable income tax deduction reduces the actual cost of the gift. If you would like to make a donation online, you may do so by visiting http://www.cbu.edu/advancement/overview.html.
Gina Bui (Business Admin/International Business/ Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt ’14) has won the very competitive Ernst Mach grant. As there were numerous applicants, this is a wonderful accomplishment. Gina will now receive all documents that she will need to attend FH JOANNEUM and complete her concentration in Hospitality & Tourism Management abroad this fall.
Catherine DelBove (Accounting ’13) is now an Audit Intern at Dixon Hughes Goodman and is working on a special project on the drug company Pfizer.
Melissa Duong (Marketing ’13) is completing a marketing internship at First Tennessee Bank downtown this summer. Melissa is working as a “B2B and Wealth Marketing Intern” and assists two vice presidents with business banking segments and print pieces such as brochures and print advertisements.
Karen Lewis (Business Administration ’13) is completing an internship with Congressman Steve Cohen’s office. Karen assists with numerous volunteer activities and attends special events. Karen reports: “They still need volunteers if anyone else may be interested. Please
email Caroline Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Rob O’Ryan (Management ’14), Maurice Mondie (Finance ’12), and Professor Papachristou (International Business) attended the seminar “Doing Business in the Philippines.” The seminar included Charles Ranado who worked for the State Department
in Central America for a decade before joining the Office of Strategic Partnerships with U.S. Commercial Services. Guillermo M, Luz, co-chair of the National Competitive Council of Manila gave a presentation on the Filipino Economy which highlighted which changes were being made to improve the attractiveness of the Philippines for direct investment. One of the major changes was improving the quality of high school graduates. This
seminar was part of the Memphis in May activities to honor the Philippines and foster better trade and investment opportunities. We were pleased to join the International Business Council for the seminar that also included a lively panel that answered our questions and provided us with a special luncheon with typical Filipino delicacies.
Buccaneer pitcher Alex Sikes (Business Administration ’13) was named to the All-Gulf South Conference First Team. Alex is 4-6 with a 4.37 ERA and 55 strikeouts against 21 walks over 68 innings in 13 starts this season. He posted complete-game victories over defending national champion West Florida and New Orleans.
- ALSAC/St. Jude – Sinclaire Montgomery
- Anthropologie – Daniel Lock
- Avis – Alberta Paylor
- CBU, MBA Program – Lawrence McDaniel
- Everything Financial Company – Evangeline Hearns
- Gould’s Day Spa – Megan Bryant
- Ingram Micro – Debra Futch
- Jay-Ton Construction Company – Nate Sellers
- McVean Trading and Investments LLC – Philip Gbee
- Medtronic – Katy Williams
- Merrill Lynch – Kevin Russell
- Mississippi RiverKings – Jimmy Palmer
- Preferred Medical Systems – Cary Crain
- Red Deluxe/Brand Development – Stephen Duckett
- Revid Investments – Matt Ariemma
- ROTC – John Metx
- Shoemaker Financial – Robb Barham
- Steel Warehouse – David Croenne
- UBS Financial Services, Inc. – Bradley Cobb
- UT Health Science Center – Brent Ariemma
The School of Business frequently has new internship/practicum opportunities. Currently, organizations with availability include:
- Christ Community Health Services, HM Manager
- Cordova Safety Products
- Fastenal, Outside Sales
- Independent Bank
- Medtronic, Sales Support and Technical User Support Analyst
- TekSystems, Account Manager/Sales
- Preferred Medical Systems
Contact Jenny Cowell in the Marketing Department for more information by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (901) 321-4259.
Brennen Reynolds is a junior at CBU and is studying Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics. Brennen has
made plans to study abroad in Switzerland and intern with the United Nations. He is currently in a management training program, races and trains horses in his spare time, and plans to graduate in May of 2014.
Christina Brown: When we first met you said, “I am leaving to take classes in Switzerland and intern at the UN headquarters in a couple weeks.” Those are two big steps! Where will you be taking classes and what can you tell us about the internship?
BR: A few months ago I was accepted to take summer classes at the University of Fribourg, in Western Switzerland. The program is called a “Survey of International Organizations.” Aside from the main topics of international economics and international law, I will be able to spend time at the UN Headquarters and the World Trade Organization in Geneva, as well as the European Union Parliament in Strasbourg, France. If all goes as planned in Switzerland, I plan to spend the entire spring semester of 2013 at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. I can’t wait!
CB: Tell a little us a little bit about your background.
BR: For as long as I can remember, competitive equestrian activities have been a huge part of my life. I started out showing jumpers, but about ten years ago I made the switch to barrel racing and haven’t turned back since. As far as education goes, I attended St. Dominic School through middle school, and then moved on to St. Benedict at Auburndale
for high school. This fall, at CBU, will be my 16th year in the private Catholic education system.
CB: Why did you want to attend business school? Why CBU?
BR: I chose to obtain a business degree because I wanted to be well prepared for graduate school. Also, the flexibility of a business degree fit me well because I am not sure whether I want to shoot for an Ivy-League law school or one of the more prestigious MBA
programs available. I actually registered for classes and attended orientation at the University of Mississippi, but two weeks before school started, I changed my mind and enrolled at CBU. Its small class sizes, excellent reputation and closeness to home sold me.
CB: I understand you are in a management-training position at Strategic Business Systems. Tell us about the business, how you got there, and what you’re learning in the process.
BR: Strategic Business Systems is a value-added-reseller of GE Healthcare products. In addition to our main focus on electronic medical records, we also develop our own software for medical practices. It has been a phenomenal learning experience. I have been able to work in many different departments, which has really painted a picture of
the entire business cycle for me. Last year, I even launched and oversaw a “Go Green” operation which encouraged less paper usage on both our customers and our part.
CB: What personal achievement are you most proud of and why?
BR: I have had numerous academic and equestrian achievements, but currently the thing that I am most proud of is my volunteer work at the Jubilee Schools. For the past year, I have been tutoring the fifth grade students at St. John Catholic School. Dr. Mary McDonald, who recently retired as the superintendent of schools for the Catholic
Diocese of Memphis, is a personal hero of mine. She oversaw the rebuilding of the Jubilee schools and has changed the lives of many under-privileged children. Helping these students exceed academically and learn the value of being good citizens has been rewarding beyond belief.
CB: Looking forward, what skills are you most eager to build or improve upon in business school?
BR: The subject of economics greatly interests me. Since CBU does not offer an economics major, I am eager to learn everything I can about the subject in my undergraduate classes. The universality and depth of economics has not been matched by any other course that I have ever taken. Besides economics, the ability to incorporate math into business is something that really interests me.
CB: What are your plans and goals for life after college?
BR: My goal, right now, is to be accepted to the International MBA program at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. It is the number one ranked IMBA program in the world for the past twenty-two years. For years, law school has always been stuck in my head, so nothing is set in stone. Right now I am just trying to experience as many things in life as I can.
CB: Are you involved with campus life? Tell us a little about your experience with campus activities, groups, fraternities/sororities, etc., and what it means to you.
BR: I have been involved in two CBU activities: Up Til’ Dawn and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Both are very rewarding and have helped me to become more involved in the community. I have made life-long friendships in both and would recommend Greek life to any incoming students.
CB: What do you enjoy the most about your CBU experience so far?
BR: The hands-on experience. I took a philosophy class this summer and there were only six people in the class. I do not have any friends at other schools who can claim to have ever had that experience. The engaged teachers really make the learning experience fun. I have found it hard to become bored or lost in any of my CBU courses, because it always seems as if the teacher is speaking directly to me.
CB: You’ve mentioned that you are “a three-time world finalist barrel racer and train barrel horses on the side.” There are numerous videos of you racing on YouTube now, too! Tell us about the sport and your role.
BR: Barrel racing is growing rapidly in the United States and abroad. I have grown up in the extremely competitive environment associated with it, which may be what made me so competitive in other aspects of life. I have made the finals at the National Barrel Horse
Association World Championships three times, in 2008, 2009 and 2011. My best finish was in 2011 where I placed ninth out of over 1200 of the top horses in the world. In the past I have been featured in the Barrel Horse News and sponsored by national brands such as Healthy Steps and Bar-F Products.
CB: You seem very focused, driven, and successful for a sophomore. How do you do it and what advice would you give to incoming freshmen with big dreams?
BR: Mediocrity has always appeared repulsive to me. I look at life with the outlook that I only have one, so I might as well make it the best. I frequently hear people say how lucky some people are to have reached the top. Through my competitive equestrian years,
I have learned that being the best at anything does not come through luck. You have to work three or four times as hard as everyone else if you truly want your ability and ranking to surpass theirs.
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Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) president Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) McLean (Sport Management ’13) reports they will be recruiting new members in September so be on the lookout for the organization’s setup on the main floor of Buckman Hall. DSP will also be hosting a resume workshop later this year and plans to have a guest speaker present on business etiquette. Dates for recruitment and official activities will be sent out in the fall semester.
New DSP initiates are pictured above and include (from left to right): Chrisqueria Bragg (Accounting ’15), Marcedes James (Business Administration ’16), Britney Sails (Finance ’15), and Jake Williams (Business Administration ’15). Britney will be working as the new fundraising chair and Jake will work as the organization’s new social chair.