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CBU Welcomes the 145th Class of New Students to Campus


MEMPHIS - During the weekend of August 21-23rd, over 350 freshmen arrived on campus to usher in the 2015-2016 school year. Their entrance marks CBU’s 145th year of operation in the city of Memphis, and kicked off with events and programs aimed at exposing new students to the many facets of life at CBU.   

To begin the second day of WBW, students and their families filled the University Theater to hear from CBU alum and Sudanese “lost boy” Joseph Atem, as part of this year’s “Fresh Reads” program. Joseph fled the war-torn Sudan region in the 80’s, settled in Memphis, and went on to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering. After the morning presentation, freshmen and parents attended more sessions, a community mass, and took part in an annual favorite, Buc Fest.   

Sunday marked the final day of Welcome (Back) Weekend, and began with a three-hour staple of student life at CBU. Freshmen had the chance to experience volunteering at a dozen different organizations throughout the city; local agencies like Shelby Farms Park, Overton Park Conservancy, Children’s Museum of Memphis, and more. Upon returning from their service projects, freshmen and returning students lounged by the pool, competed in volleyball and basketball tournaments, and listened to music by Mississippi folk group, Oh Jeremiah. The day ended in the tiled courtyard of the Living Learning Center, around a fire that gave just enough light and heat to roast steaming marshmallows between two crackers and some chocolate.

To see an album of pictures from the event, visit the CBU Facebook page below: