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

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.

Featured Student: Brennen Reynolds

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.

To read about Brennen’s experiences and see his pictures, and more, visit our Facebook page at Features such as Brennen’s can be located in the Photos section. Send us an email at if you have an interesting story to tell and would like to be featured as well.

Delta Sigma Pi News

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.

Alumni Activities and Achievements

CBU alumnus Bob Cremerius (Accounting ’83) was featured in the April 6 edition of the Memphis Business Journal. The article is available online:

CBU alumna Courtney Fee (Business Admin) was featured in the April 23 broadcast of WMCTV Channel 5. Fee who is the assistant principal at Munford High School and Tipton County Commissioner, District 7 was awarded the Sterling Award which is given annually to twenty West Tennessee women considered the most influential in their careers. A script of the broadcast is available online:

Dan Goodspeed (Accounting ’90) recently joined the Verified Person executive team as controller in Memphis. Dan has 21 years of professional accounting experience in public accounting and for-profit corporations.

Cari Gold (Sport Management ’12) has been accepted to Louisiana State University and received a Graduate Assistantship with the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes. She has accepted the offer which includes a full tuition waiver and a competitive monthly stipend. She will begin her masters in Sport Management at LSU
in August.

The June 1 edition of the Memphis Business Journal reported that Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare have each donated $125,000 to Christian Brothers University’s new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The donations aim to help grow the program, which admitted its first group of students in January. Mitch Graves (Economics/Finance ’83), president of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Affiliated Services Division is quoted in the article which is available online:

Emily Sawyer Greer (Marketing/Management ’84) has been appointed as one the newest members the CBU Board of Trustees. Emily, a human resources senior executive with more than 25 years of experience, was recently named Chief of Staff for ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She
also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House, LeMoyne-Owen College and the Memphis Medical Center.

Ross Harris (Accounting ’93) and Craig Cameron (Marketing ’96), along with two other former AIMS Logistics executives, have formed a new freight payment service in Memphis called A3 Freight Payment. A3 Freight Payment recently opened its headquarters
in Southwind. Check out their website at

CBU alumna, Sibonie Jones-Swatzyna (Marketing ‘98), was featured in the “People on the Move” section of the May 11 edition of the Memphis Business Journal. Jones-Swatzyna serves as the Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of
North Mississippi. The feature and picture are available online:

Ray Karasek (Accounting ’03, MBA ‘07) published a paper in the Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Volume 11, Number 1, 2012) entitled “Signaling Theory: Past, Present, and Future.” The paper was coauthored with Phil Bryant of Columbus State University. Ray also completed Lasallian Leadership Institute Cohort V with a culminating
session at Our Lady of Snows Shrine in Belleville, IL along with Lasallian educators from the Midwest District on March 23-24.

Jack Kenney (Marketing ’68) is the proud stepfather of Yuli Zhu, B.S. (honors) Neuroscience 2012 from Brown University, and father of David, accepted for a BFA program (2016) at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Chelsea Pesce Johnson (Business Administration ’10) and Matthew Johnson (Accounting ’09) were married on May 12 in Bartlett, TN. Matt is an analyst in the Real Estate Lending Group for Independent Bank. He assists in managing the bank’s
diverse real estate portfolio along with assessing the risk involved in alternative real estate investments. Chelsea is assistant manager at Cotton Tails in Laurelwood Shopping Center.

In the May 14 edition of the Commercial Appeal, CBU alumnus, Peter Shea (CFP ‘09) was featured for his conservative investment strategy. He opened his financial planning firm, Quantitative Solutions, last year. The feature and a picture are available online:

Brian A. Ward (Marketing ’90), Managing Director, Investment Officer, Senior Institutional Consultant, has for the seventh consecutive year been designated as a member of Wells Fargo’s Premier Advisors Program, a distinction that reflects Brian’s achievement of professional success through a consistent commitment to client service.

CBU alumna, Jeanine Watts (Accounting ’88, MBA ’92), was featured in the May 21 edition of the Commercial Appeal. Her program, MRTC Kids!, focuses on encouraging youth to be active at an early age. The article and pictures are available online:

Christopher Keith Welder (MBA ‘12) was mentioned in the Cleveland Daily Banner for his recent graduation from CBU. The brief is available online:

Bill Whitten (Accounting ’70) has been named successor to the current CEO at HealthNet Federal Credit Union in Cordova, TN. Bill has been a vice president at HealthNet FCUY for the past 15 years and has been in credit union leadership positions for the past 38 years, including with the Tennessee Credit Union League and Volunteer Corporate Credit Union.

Featured Alum: Cari Gold

Cari Gold (Sport Management ’12) just graduated this May has been accepted to Louisiana State University and received a Graduate Assistantship with the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes. She has accepted the offer which includes a full tuition waiver and a competitive monthly stipend. She will begin her masters in Sport Management at LSU in August.

Christina Brown: Why did you choose CBU?

CG: I decided I wanted to major in Sport Management, and I had two options for schools here in Memphis. I could go to the University of Memphis, where Sport Management is under the school of education, or I could go to CBU, where a new Sport Management was beginning under the school of business. After discussing the options with my dad and Kyle Rote Jr., I decided that a business background would be more
beneficial. I also loved the idea of smaller classes and getting to know my professors personally.

CB: Sport management is growing by leaps and bounds, and although it is still a male dominated career field, many more women are entering the field every day. What drew you to the field of sport management and what has your experience been?

CG: I grew up around sports. I was involved in soccer from the time I was five. I played for 13 years, coached for five years, and was a referee for four years. During high school, I enjoyed watching football games with my dad, and towards the end of high school I began
loving basketball as well. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I wanted to continue to be involved in sports. My dad helped me do some research and we decided a Sport Management major would combine my love of sports with my love of organization and administration. It just seemed to fit.

CB: You worked as the Lead Assistant to the Director of Sports Information, Eric Opperman, for all four years you attended CBU. What kind of experience did you gain working as the assistant to the director of sports information and how was it valuable to your future plans?

CG: I gained SO much experience working with Eric. Eric taught me how to keep statistics for the soccer teams, I photographed all teams (except the soccer teams), and I helped with the statistics for all the sports. Those are just a few of the things I had the opportunity
to learn. I loved being at a small school to learn those things. Eric trusted me to keep stats for the soccer teams while he was busy with volleyball matches. I probably would not have had that kind of experience at a bigger school. I want to continue working in athletics, and knowing how things “behind the scenes” work will be invaluable as I prepare to enter the workforce.

CB: I understand you’ve done quite a bit of missionary work and work with Service Over Self. What can you tell me about your experiences?

CG: I absolutely loved working with SOS. I was a Team Leader while on summer staff in 2010 and 2011. Each summer, I worked at the same house each week for the eight weeks of camp. Every week, I was put in charge of a group of 6-10 high schoolers and/or middle
schoolers and at least one adult leader. My job was to lead my team in home repairs (mostly re-roofing) and bonding with my homeowners. However, my primary job was to lead and encourage them spiritually. I shared my testimony and how God has worked in my life, and I was able to learn about their lives. I cannot express how much I loved working at SOS. Words do not do justice to the work God did in my life during my two summers on staff. God even granted me the opportunity to travel to Kenya with SOS over this past Christmas break. This was an incredible way to see how God is not only moving here in Memphis, but how he is moving in other parts of the world as well.

CB: You recently received a Graduate Assistantship with the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes. What can you tell us about it?

CG: I will be working alongside two full time staff members to assist several of the athletic teams. I will be working with 4 or 5 student-athletes each semester, and I will be responsible for approximately 10 hours of tutoring each week. The other half of my weekly hours will be spent in the office doing things like creating and inputting syllabus information and class checks. I will be given the opportunity to learn as much as I want to learn about academic services and LSU athletics. I am so thankful for this position, and I cannot wait to begin!

CB: What personal achievement are you most proud of and why?

CG: I was a business major with a math minor. My favorite personal achievement is that I was able to take seven math classes (that I didn’t need) and earn a minor in math. I received A’s in all of my math classes except one, where I received a B.

CB: What did you enjoy the most about your CBU experience?

CG: Working in athletics. I got paid to do what I love: watch sports and work with athletes. What could be better than that?

CB: What are your plans and goals for life after college?

CG: My immediate plans are to work some over the summer and save money for grad school. After graduate school, I plan on finding a job in athletics, hopefully at the college level.

CB: Looking back at all that you’ve learned and experienced, what advice would you give to a first-time freshman?

CG: College has to be a balance of having fun and working hard. Ignoring school work may seem like a good idea at the time, but it could hurt your future. You have a wonderful opportunity to work with teachers who want to see you succeed. Don’t waste your time and theirs by refusing to study. At the same time, you cannot focus solely on your
studies. Take time to have fun, hang out with friends, and do what you love to do. Prioritize your time correctly and you will have time to maintain your grades while having fun.


Phillip Patton Ervin (Business Administration ’98), 50, passed away on June 24, 2012 at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, TN. He was a corporate accountant for International Paper and a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. Mr. Ervin was a graduate of East Mississippi Jr. College, where he was on a baseball scholarship and he attended Mississippi State University and an honors graduate from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.

He is survived by his daughter, Jaime Nichole Maskill (Michael) of Fairhope, AL; fiancé Denise Walls of Germantown, TN; grandchildren, Peyton and Parker Reese Maskill, both of Fairhope, AL; mother, Minnie Lee Ervin of Sturgis, MS; sister, Barbara Jackman (Norris) of Chelsea, AL; brothers, Thomas H. Ervin, III of Sturgis, MS and Don Ervin (DiAnn) of Midland, TX; and four nephews. He was a loving person who loved his family. He
was very passionate about music and collected guitars.

Mr. An Huu Pham (Accounting ’84), 68, of Lakeland, TN passed away July 16, 2012. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church-Cordova, president of the local Vietnamese Community, member of the Vietnamese Catholic Charities and founder of the local Memphis Chapter of Human Operation all for over 30 years. Mr. Pham was preceded in death by his daughter, Nikkole Pham Dabney; and is survived by his loving wife, KimDung Pham; daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Don and Katherine Pham Federico; grandchildren, Katelyn Quynh Dabney and William A. Dabney. A funeral mass was held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Condolences may be offered at

Emily Marie Tartera Maher, 84, of Arlington TN. passed away on June 23, 2012. She was preceded in death by; her loving husband of 50 years, Thomas F. Maher Jr., and parents, Alex and Theresa Tartera. She leaves behind three children, Teresa (Dipak) Shah, Thomas Maher III (Accounting ’78), and William (Maria) Maher; four grandchildren, Gabrielle Maher, Angelina Maher, Isabella Maher, and Ann (J.R.) Williams; and four siblings, Virginia Fanucci, Johnny Tartera, Gene Tartera, and Pat Tartera. The funeral was held at St. Ann Catholic Church on June 26.

Please continue to keep Phillip, An Huu, Emily, and their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Faculty Activities and Achievements

James Allen (Sport Management) was a co-author on an article titled “Using points of attachment to examine repatronage and online consumption of wheelchair rugby” which appeared in Volume 13, number 2 of the International Journal of Sport Management in April 2012All authors include Cottingham, M. P., Gearity, B. T., Chatfield, S. L., Allen, J. T., & Hall, S. A. (2012).

Dan Brandon (MIS) presented a paper “Developing Adaptive SmartPhone Apps via HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript” at the Academic Business World International Conference in Nashville, TN, May 23 – 25.

Jennifer Weske (Accounting) spoke about Forensic Accounting at the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) meeting on Thursday, July 19 at the Forum building at Kirby and Popular.