The Fresh Reads program of Christian Brothers University (CBU), in partnership with the Commercial Appeal and Facing History and Ourselves and through a sponsorship by International Paper, will host New York Times best-selling author, Wes Moore in the University Theater on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. The evening with Moore will follow a serialization of his best-selling book, The Other Wes Moore, in the Commercial Appeal, which will be available to all subscribers.

The Other Wes Moore tells the true story of two kids with same name, living in similar family situations in similar rough neighborhoods. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a challenging and at times, hostile world.

Raised by a widowed mother, Moore grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baltimore. Despite early aca­d­e­mic and behav­ioral strug­gles, he grad­u­ated as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Col­lege, and from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, study­ing Inter­na­tional Rela­tions at Oxford University. After completing his studies, Moore served a com­bat tour of duty in Afghanistan. He then served as a White House fel­low to Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice. He also founded an orga­ni­za­tion called STAND! that works with Bal­ti­more youth involved in the crim­i­nal jus­tice system, and is the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Started in 2011, Fresh Reads is a summer reading program through which CBU freshman get to read and discuss the same book with upperclassmen and faculty members. Through the Fresh Reads book of choice, freshmen are invited to reflect on their life and the lives of those around them, motivating them to change, serve, respond and consider.

The partnership with Facing History and Ourselves and the sponsorship from International Paper has made this event free and open to the public. For more information on this event, contact Dr. Karen Golightly at (901) 321-4483 or

To RSVP for the event, visit Facing History and Ourselves.

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Camilla Rodrigues was voted First Team All-GSC.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Gulf South Conference women’s soccer coaches voted four Christian Brothers University Lady Bucs to the All-Gulf South Conference Team, and they named CBU head coach Kieron Heblich GSC Co-Coach of the Year.

Sophomore midfielder Camilla Rodrigues (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/American School) was selected to the First Team after she scored seven goals with seven assists in 18 games, leading the Lady Bucs to a 12-4-2 record and a second-place finish in the GSC standings.

Sophomore midfielder Chelsea Cassacia (Germantown, Tenn./St. Benedict HS) was a Second Team selection after scoring one goal and two points in 18 games as a defensive-minded midfielder.

Frehsman defender Gabrielle Pilgrim (Rockford, Mich./Rockford HS) and senior defender Amanda Smith (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS) joined Cassacia on the Second Team after anchoring the Lady Bucs’ back line. Pilgrim played 18 games and Smith played 16.

Heblich shared Co-Coach of the Year with West Florida’s Joe Bartlinski after guiding the Lady Bucs to a second-place finish in a season where they were picked to finish seventh.

The Lady Bucs return to action in the GSC semifinals Friday night at Brosnaham Park in Pensacola, Fla. They play at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of Thursday night’s matchup between Valdosta State and Alabama-Huntsville.

More info>>>

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Gulf South Conference men’s soccer coaches voted two Christian Brothers University Bucs to the All-GSC Team announced this afternoon.

Senior defender Ralph Velasco (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett HS) earned First Team All-GSC honors after playing 16 games, starting 15 along the Bucs’ back line. He wa also a Second Team All-GSC pick as a freshman in 2010.

Junior forward Jose Ferraz (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) joined him as a First Team All-GSC selection after scoring 12 goals with two assists in 17 games. Ferraz is on the All-GSC First Team for the third consecutive season.

Ferraz, Velasco and the Bucs play in the GSC Semifinals Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. against top-seeded West Florida. The championship game is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Myiesha Griffin has been appointed as the Coordinator of External Communications and Social Media at Christian Brothers University (CBU). In this position, Griffin will serve as the primary contact for media representatives and will disseminate media information on behalf of the University with the Senior Director of External Communications and Donor Relations. She will also provide dynamic leadership within the campus community to develop and implement increased digital communications (website and social media) with both internal and external audiences.

Griffin recently completed her Master of Science degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications with a Social Media concentration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is experienced in crisis, intercultural, and digital communication as well as assessment and social media techniques.

Previously, Griffin worked as Sales and Marketing Manager and social media ninja for Sprint Nextel, where she led a sales team through daily sales activities via intranet communication channels and collateral and marketing distribution. Through social media, she assisted Sprint in reaching the largest pool of demographics possible. Some of her work as a Sprint Certified Social Media Ninja involved working with disgruntled customers and maintaining a positive perception of the brand through direct customer interaction.

“Mye is extremely sharp,” notes Wendy Sumner-Winter, Senior Director of External Affairs & Donor Relations. “She brings so many new ideas and solid experience to this position, and we are really excited to have her on our team.”

Griffin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism with a Sociology minor from the University of Memphis.

Griffin will work as part of the organizational restructuring of the Advancement, Communications and Marketing Departments at CBU. In an effort to maintain integrated marketing, communication and fundraising plan and message, and to improve operational efficiency, communications and marketing support will be a component of the External Communications and Donor Relations Unit of the Office of Advancement. Wendy Sumner-Winter will lead this Unit as Senior Director. The Unit includes Cory Dugan as Director of Communication Strategies and Projects, Jacob Edwards as Director of Creative Services, Myiesha Griffin as Coordinator of External Communications and Social Media, and Hannah Evon as the New York Times Scholarship Intern.  Eric Opperman, Director of Athletic Communications, will be an auxiliary member of the team, reporting to Stephen Kirkpatrick, Senior Director of Development.

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Women in Engineering (WIE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host a panel discussion on “Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)” on November 15, 5:30-8:00 p.m., in Sabbatini Lounge in the Thomas Center on the campus of Christian Brothers University.

Students and professionals are welcome at this FREE event. Panelists include women from the industry and academia. They will discuss various topics such as their career path, workplace challenges, career transition advice, importance of networking and work/life balance followed by Q & A session. This is also a great networking opportunity.

Moderators are Dr. Amy Curry (Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis) and Dr. Divya Choudhary (Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CBU).

Panelists will include Belinda G. Watkins (VP, Enterprise Information and Security Engineering for FedEx Services), Dr. Barbara Blum (Sr. Project Engineer, Biologics Development for Wright Medical Technology), Regina Holmes (PMP, Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist Enabling Technologies Spinal and Biologics for Medtronic), Maria Teresa Lensing (Signature Client – Vice President for AT&T), Heather Kraus (Roadway Project Engineer for Kimley-Horn and Associates), Brittany Course (IT Applications Associate for Sedgwick), and Elizabeth Gire (Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Memphis).

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP to Dr. Divya Choudhary at or (901) 216-1999 by Tuesday, November 12.

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INDIANAPOLIS-The Christian Brothers University Lady Bucs are No. 7 in the NCAA Division II South Regional Rankings announced today, their first appearance in the regional rankings since 2009.

Defending national champion West Florida holds the top spot, followed by Tampa. Valdosta State holds the No. 3 spot, with Sunshine State Conference foes Barry, Florida Tech, and Rollins ranked fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. The Lady Bucs are seventh, followed by Saint Leo and West Alabama.

The regional rankings are used to select and seed the six-team NCAA South Regional. The GSC and SSC champions earn automatic bids, and the rankings fill the four at-large berths and seed the field. The top two teams in the rankings host three-team sub-regionals Nov. 15-17, with the regional championship set for Nov. 22.

No. School Conference South Region Record D-II Record
1 West Florida GSC 10-0-3 10-0-3
2 Tampa (Fla.) SSC 12-2-1 12-2-1
3 Valdosta State (Ga.) GSC 8-3-3 8-3-3
4 Barry (Fla.) SSC 11-3-1 11-3-1
5 Florida Tech SSC 8-5-1 8-5-1
6 Rollins (Fla.) SSC 10-3-0 10-3-0
7 CBU GSC 9-3-2 9-3-2
8 Saint Leo (Fla.) SSC 8-4-0 8-4-0
9 West Alabama GSC 8-6-0 8-6-0


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Come support your Buccaneers on their maiden voyage of the season against the U of M Tigers!

CBU vs. Memphis
Friday, November 8 • 7:00 p.m.
FedEx Forum

Complimentary Tickets and T-shirts available for the first 100 students! Reserve your tickets here.

Tailgate party will begin outside of Cooper Wilson at 4:00 p.m. Send off the team, and join us for dinner, games, music, and fun!

Buses will be available to transport students to/from the game. They will leave Central lot at 6:00 p.m. for the Forum. Immediately following the game, buses will be available to bring you back to campus. Or if you prefer, hang out in beautiful downtown Memphis and cab it back!

Complimentary Student Tickets sponsored by SGA and the Office of Advancement
Complimentary T-shirts and Poms sponsored by the Office of Advancement
Tailgate Party sponsored by Student Life
Bus Transportation sponsored by Athletics and Student Life

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Clifton Gibbs ('11)

The Collegiate Life Investment Foundation (CLIF) is pleased to announce the inaugural academic year of the Clifton B. Gibbs Scholarship Program.

CLIF is a non-profit organization established to educate the high school and collegiate population about the dangers of distracted driving. In addition, CLIF promotes higher education among African American young men and women through a book scholarship at Christian Brothers University. In memory of Clifton B. Gibbs, a 23-year-old CBU alumnus who was killed by a distracted driver, the organization encourages academic excellence, community involvement, and a sincere lifelong commitment to refrain from any use of mobile phones while driving.

Clifton graduated from Central High School in 2006 with honors. He furthered his education at Christian Brothers University, where he received his BSBA in Marketing in 2011. While at CBU, he was a dedicated member of the collegiate tennis team and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

“Clifton loved CBU,” says CLIF founder Larissa Redmond (’11). “Although he was a big jokester, there were two things he never played about — his school and his fraternity.  In his four years at CBUm he served his school, his classmates, and his community, with a smile on his face and the Bucs in his heart.”

For more information and a scholarship application, click here. >>>

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The CBU School of Engineering will host “Build a Game in a Day w/Scratch” in conjunction with the Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE on November 2, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This workshop will focus on game development using Scratch, a programming project spearheaded by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Taught by Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering), the workshop will be geared towards introducing girls ages 10-17 to animation, gaming, and creating interactive stories. The workshop is designed to encourage student-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play, and code in real-time. Black Girls CODE is a national organization whose mission is to empower young women of color between the ages of 7-18 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators.

Cost is $35 - Students may purchase a Black Girls CODE t’shirt for an additional $20.

Sign up to attend at

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WS Celebration

MEMPHIS-Junior forward Alex Bickenbach (Memphis, Tenn., St. Benedict HS) scored two goals, including the game-winner with 19.9 seconds remaining in double-overtime, to lift the Christian Brothers University Lady Bucs to a 2-1 win over West Alabama, moving them into second place in the Gulf South Conference standings with one game to play.

Nicki Gears put the Tigers (10-6-0, 5-4-0 GSC) on the board in the 14th minute as she finished after receiving a throughball from Kirsten Reily. Bickebach found the equalizer in the 24th minute, scoring off a cross into the six-yard box from KatelynGraham (Memphis, Tenn./St. Benedict HS).

From there, neither side could find the net again through regulation. The game appeared to be headed for a 1-1 tie in the final seconds of the second overtime as UWA took a goal kick with just 30 seconds remaining. CBU’s Carly Downing (Cordova, Tenn./St. Benedict HS) won the ball, heading it ahead to Bickenbach, who worked around a defender and fired a low strike into the net for the game-winner for the Lady Bucs (11-3-2, 5-3-1 GSC).

The Lady Bucs out-shot UWA 13-12 for the game, but UWA held a 5-3 edge in shots on goal as Robyn Wade (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS) made four saves to earn the victory.

With the win, the Lady Bucs move into sole possession of second place with 16 points, one ahead of West Alabama and Valdosta State. West Florida already clinched first place with 25 points. With a win in their final GSC game Friday at Delta State, the Lady Bucs would lock up the No. 2 seed in the GSC Tournament Nov. 7-10 in Pensacola, Fla.

The Lady Bucs visit Delta State at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon in their final GSC game. The Lady Bucs’ final home game is set for Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. as they celebrate Senior Day in a non-conference game against North Alabama.

Box Score

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