Memphis- Christian Brothers University (CBU) students and visitors will be noticing a new look to the campus this fall thanks to the donation of two MINI Coopers by Roadshow BMW/MINI. CBU alumna and trustee Lori Patton and her father Jerry Patton, the owners of Roadshow BMW/MINI, donated the vehicles.
Since arriving on campus, the MINIs have been customized with the CBU logo on their doors and sport the rabat (part of the logo) on their hardtops. The rabat is a cruciform shape that was adapted from the shape of the original Christian Brothers’ collars and has been widely incorporated into the architecture of the campus as a decorative element. These symbols make the MINIs unique to CBU and distinguishable to persons both on-campus and in the community.
Roadshow BMW/MINI has been an active supporter of the University and the community. This donation further strengthens these partnerships. “Christian Brothers University has such a profound presence in this community, not to mention a very proud 1991 graduate, we are very fortunate to be able to partner with them,” states Lori Patton. “CBU has always been such an important part of our lives, that the gift of the MINI Coopers is a paltry sum in return!! The cars should be a positive reflection on CBU anywhere that they are used. I just hope we can keep the Brothers’ speeding tickets to a minimum!!!”
One of the MINIs has been designated for use by Campus Safety on its campus patrols. The other MINI will be used by the Office of Admissions, Graduate & Professional Studies and other offices for recruitment. It will provide a recognizable presence at recruiting events, career fairs, and community functions where CBU is represented.
Dr. John Smarrelli, President of the University, expressed gratitude, “CBU has been fortunate to have had the wonderful support from the Patton family over many years. The MINI Coopers that Lori and Jerry Patton have donated are symbolic of an institution with a strong tradition but constantly moving forward. In addition, we are also grateful to Lori for her service as a member of our Board of Trustees.”
As fall recruitment approaches and Campus Safety continues to make their rounds on the CBU campus, students, visitors, faculty and staff can take pride in watching the MINIs drive throughout the campus and surrounding communities. ###