Career Road Show – Fall Break Networking Trip

Apply now for this unique opportunity to network with alumni/professionals in Houston and New Orleans! During Fall Break, 45 students will be selected to participate in the Career Road Show, which will allow you to travel via bus with students, faculty and staff to both Houston and New Orleans. While in each city, you will be able to attend a company site visit, career panel, and networking reception. Food, travel and hotel accommodations will all be covered for the student rate of $100.00. The bus will leave CBU on Sunday, October 19, and return to CBU on Wednesday, October 22.

We anticipate that spots on the bus will go quickly so apply today! Sign in to your CareerLinX account at and reference position #3852 for full details and application procedures.

Get Happy? CBU Offers Course On Happiness In The Business Environment

Research overwhelmingly indicates happy employees are higher performers. With that in mind, Christian Brothers University (CBU) is offering Happiness 101 this summer, an online course designed for working adults.

The Happiness 101 course is being offered as a Business class through CBU’s new College of Adult Professional Studies and will be taught by Dr. Bevalee Vitali, an associate professor of management at CBU. The course is designed to be highly interactive, with discussions, activities and assignments all developed to promote happiness and well-being. Because the course is completely online, students can improve their happiness level in a convenient, non-threatening environment.

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Program Dates: July 21 – 26, 2014

Rising seniors in high school are invited to apply for this challenging and dynamic summer camp. The camp is an on-campus residency program designed to enable academically talented high school students to explore their interests in a business education and career. The participants engage in interactive workshops and activities that introduce the student to specific business disciplines and potential career paths. The participants also will visit local companies in and around Memphis and be guided through the inner workings of the industry.

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Program Dates: July 13 – 18, 2014

ACAP is a program of The National Association of Black Accountants, designed to increase the number of high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups that attend college and major in accounting. Through ACAP’s efforts, students receive educational enrichment experiences and the practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting. ACAP revolves around a one-week summer residency program for high school students. The program introduces students to career opportunities in accounting through a carefully tailored curriculum involving local university faculty and guest lecturers from business and government. Students selected for ACAP receive a full scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, room, meals, books, supplies and transportation. Students also compete for college scholarships in a Group Case Study Competition.

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Brian Summers Appointed Director Of Athletics

MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University President Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., has appointed Brian Summers as CBU’s seventh Director of Athletics, effective June 30. Summers comes to CBU after a distinguished 13-year career at Lewis University, a fellow NCAA D-II Lasallian school in Romeoville, Ill.

“I am so pleased to welcome Brian Summers to the CBU family,” Smarrelli said. “Having served at our sister university, Lewis, in Chicago, Brian brings a deep awareness and respect for CBU’s Lasallian heritage and mission. Integrity and character are important to me, and I’m very impressed with his strengths on those attributes. His professional and operational skills and his commitment to improving the experience of our student athletes both on and off the field will help to position our athletic program for significant growth.”

“I’d like to thank President Smarrelli and the search committee for entrusting me with the Christian Brothers University Athletics Department,” Summers said. “I am honored to replace CBU icon Joe Nadicksbernd, and I look forward to working with the student athletes, coaches, staff and University community to develop the program into a model NCAA Division II athletics department. Also, I relish the ability to continue serving students in the Lasallian tradition.”

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From left to right: Joseph Pagni, Jenny Cowell, Kenneth Villarreal, Melanie Horne, Melissa Duong, and Chasity Adams.

Cowell first told me she was recruiting students to attend the AWNY Conference just after a school meeting in September. She was so animated, explaining how the last conference really opened her students’ eyes to the world of marketing outside of the classroom. “You know, they get there and they’re all dressed up in proper, conservative business attire, and then they see all of these creative types walking around in clothes that are really different or they really stand out in some – something you would never see here in the South – and it opens their eyes. They get to see the competition in person, and it either scares them or inspires them to really grow.” Cowell went on to explain how those students were able to see the latest marketing campaign for Calvin Klein’s Euphoria perfume before it was even released to the public and to explore new marketing technologies they had never heard of. Anyone listening would have been a believer that this was a pivotal experience — almost a necessity — for marketing majors.


CBU students with author Jeffrey Hayzlett.

Marketing major Melissa Duong works for the School of Business and could not wait to tell me all about her experiences at the AWNY Conference. She brought back an autographed copy of Hayzlett’s Running the Gauntlet and excitedly told me of her experience with the author, stating that he was not only perfectly poised but, in the fashion of a true storyteller, had captivated his audience with several of the outrageous and funny tales from his career, and went on to share some of the ones she found most memorable.


Melissa Duong at KSL Media.

In speaking with other conference attendees, I found that they echoed the same sentiments on the importance of making a personal connection with the consumer, an idea that receives much more emphasis now than it did at its roots, before the economy was quite so global and social media- saturated by savvy consumers. Marketing applies to so many aspects of business and life, and Melanie Horne expressed this well when asked what made a psychology major decide to attend an event geared toward up and coming marketing professionals.  “I had never taken a marketing class before this conference, so I was naturally not as confident in my knowledge for this field of work.  However, during the agency tours and throughout the conference, psychology is more inter-related with marketing than one might assume.  Take consumer behaviors, or branding for example… essentially these marketing and branding agencies want to ‘tap into’ the empathetic, compassionate consumer in order to better promote their idea of their product. These agencies need to study how people react, think, and behave. This is where psychology emerges.”

And, while the lessons learned at the 2012 AWNY Conference crossed academic lines, bleeding over into the realm of personal response to products, there was a definite professionalism and edge to the proceedings.  In discussing her experience Chasity Adams said, “The most valuable thing I took away from the conference was the exposure to the different aspects of marketing. The workshops were very informative and helpful. Because many of the people who were presenting the topics were CEOs themselves, it was very insightful to understand exactly what they are looking for in an employee.” The students attended lectures, took tours, completed accounting and resume workshops and more. Even though the weekend was a whirlwind educational experience for the group, as Kenneth Villarreal put it, “This trip was definitely mixing business with pleasure! I had a great time with the group I went with.” The students were able to spend some free time exploring the city and even went out to eat at Serendipity 3, the restaurant made famous by the movie Serendipity.

To see pictures from the trip to New York City, find our Advertising Women’s Conference photo album on Facebook at In the meantime, Jenny Cowell is keeping in touch with her professional contacts made during the trip and looking forward to planning one for the next generation of CBU students.


SEVT1A group of CBU Sport Management students traveled to Columbia, SC, for a conference that took place November 14-16. The Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow conference hosted by the University of South Carolina provided opportunities for our students to learn from some of the most successful professionals in the sport industry. Top executives from Global Spectrum, the Miami Marlins, MetLife Stadium (New York Giants/New York Jets), Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Arena, Utah Jazz, and the Association of Luxury Suite Directors provided panel presentations. Also, there was a career/internship fair for students to attend.  Two female and two male Sport Management students were selected to receive funding for their travel and conference registration expenses based upon high academic achievement. The students granted sponsorship from the School of Business were Emily Schmidt (Sport Management ’13), Kaitie Gaimari (Sport Management ’14), Kyle Johnson (Sport Management ’14) and Jacob Garbuzinski (Sport Management ’14). Trey Tedford (Sport Management ’14) also attended, and Dr. James Allen accompanied the students to this conference.

SEVT2Emily Schmidt was asked to introduce the Women of Influence panel at the SEVT Conference. The Women of Influence for 2012 included Susette Hunter (director of sales and marketing for Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex), Vanessa Kromer (senior director of publicity for Nederlander Concerts), Linda Deckard (publisher and editor-in-chief of Venues Today), and Cyndee Pennington (general manager of the Pensacola Bay Center and Southeast regional director of live entertainment). Schmidt took to the podium and provided background information on these distinguished women who are directors/general managers of arenas. Afterwards, Schmidt reported, “A few minutes before the panel, I had the opportunity to personally speak with all of them, which was very humbling because of their success. Specifically, Ms. Hunter left the biggest impact with me because of her down-to-earth attitude, friendliness, and interest in non-profit work outside of her job. I remember thinking that I would like to see myself on her level of success and modesty in the future.”

The students also attended a job and internship fair at the SEVT Conference. It was a great learning and networking experience for the students. For example, Jacob Garbuzinksi had a chance to discuss career opportunities with the Greenville Road Warriors, a minor league hockey team for the New York Rangers. Emily Schmidt also noted, “The biggest reason that I was excited to attend this conference was to hear some ‘outside of the classroom’ advice on how to be successful in the field. Obviously, all of the speakers on each panel used different success techniques to get them to the top, and it was interesting to take notes. The most memorable part of the conference was the last panel we attended, ‘Venues Today Generation Next,’ which featured three of the youngest and most successful leaders in the events planning industry. They presented us with very helpful advice, and they hit home because they aren’t much older than we are. It made my future in the field seem very promising. I would recommend this conference to any sports management student. Not only was the conference itself very well put together/organized, but I also had the opportunity to introduce myself to several South Carolina area sports/events planning organizations at the job fair. Even if I decide to stay close to home in my career, I got to expand my contacts network thanks to the SEVT Conference.”

SEVT3Tedford chimed in, “I attended the conference to better understand what Sport Management has to offer me. Being able to see top executives around the nation coming to talk to students about the future was amazing. I learned that in order to get to the top you need to have internships and jobs to get your foot in the door. You also need to have passion for what you do. The job fair was informational in that I learned about a sales conference in Atlanta that would help me get my foot in the door in sales; also there were many other businesses like Comcast that had some internships they were offering through the summer.” All of the students voiced what an honor it was to attend the conference and how valuable their experiences were in concrete, practical terms.

It wasn’t all hard work at the conference though, as Dr. Allen reported, “It’s cool. Jake, Trey, and Kyle went with me over to the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball stadium and viewed their trophy room with their recent back-to-back national championships.” The guys took turns taking pictures of everything they saw, and each other, with their cell phones.  I am now the proud owner of numerous blurry pictures of them all grinning ear to ear and was sure to put it on our Facebook page for all to see. Garbuzinksi wrote, “The trophy case at the baseball stadium was unbelievable. The amount of success that that program has had in the past few years cannot be matched by any school in the country.” Tedford was also elated to take the tour and wrote back that, “The baseball stadium trip was by far one of the most enjoyable parts of the trip. I had a great time looking at what a prestigious program South Carolina has. The trophy room was breathtaking. Also, being able to see Cal Ripken’s son at the batting cages there just topped it all off.”

The students all expressed appreciation for the benefits of having met with top executives in the field, being immersed in the professional sport management environment, and the professional networking they enjoyed at the conference. As Kaitie Gaimari put it, “In my opinion, the best part of it was how much of an eye-opener it was. Being around all these put-together professionals in a field that I could possibly find a career in made me realize how important the things I’m doing now are to achieve a successful future. The most memorable part of it would be a panel in which we listened to a group of young professionals who just told us a little bit about what they did and how they got to where they are today. It made us all realize that we could be moguls some day or CEOs. I would definitely recommend this conference to another student.” For more information on this and other upcoming conferences contact James Allen in Sport Management at

Student Activities and Achievements

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”

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.

Current Internship/Practicum Sponsor Organizations and Placements

Placements include:

  • 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

Internship/Practicum Opportunities

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 or by telephone at (901) 321-4259.