BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Gulf South Conference-high four Christian Brothers University basketball players were named to the Academic All-GSC Team.

The Bucs comprised half of the men’s Academic All-GSC Team. Senior guard Cory McArthy (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers College HS), junior guard Trey Casey (Cincinnati, Ohio/La Salle HS) and sophomore forward Drew Hildreth (Memphis, Tenn./Bolton HS) all earned spots on the Academic All-GSC Team after leading the Bucs to an 18-11 record and the GSC finals.

McArthy started all 29 games for the Bucs, scoring 13.0 points per game with 2.2 assists per game, and he carries a 3.59 GPA in business administration.

Casey, also a First Team All-GSC and Capital One First Team Academic All-America pick, averaging 17.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game to go with a perfect 4.0 GPA in business administration. Casey was the only unanimous selection to the men’s Academic All-GSC squad.

Hildreth averaged 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Bucs to go with a 3.45 GPA in business administration.

Senior guard Erica Burgess (Memphis, Tenn./Central HS) represents the Lady Bucs on the women’s Academic All-GSC team after leading CBU to a 15-13 record and the No. 4 seed in the GSC Tournament. Burgess averaged 14.3 points and 2.5 steals per game while carrying a 4.0 GPA as she pursues her master’s degree in teaching.

CBU placed a total of 13 players on the GSC Winter Academic Honor Roll, with seven men’s players and six women’s players. CBU’s total of 13 is tied for the highest total for any full GSC member, as is the men’s total of seven members.

To be nominated for the Academic All-GSC Team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be starters or significant contributors to the team. Freshmen and first-semester transfers are ineligible. SID’s and FAR’s of GSC member schools conduct a joint vote to select the winners. The Academic Honor Roll comprises all players who carry at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and participate in at least one game, match or meet against outside competition.

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Canoes Made of Concrete, Bridges Made of Steel, and Mystery Projects Challenge Students

The Christian Brothers University School of Engineering will play host to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Deep South Conference on March 27-29. The Deep South Conference is held every year to foster desirable relations among the student chapters and clubs within the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The main goal of the conference is to further technical, professional, and ethical knowledge of these students as it relates to civil engineering. This goal is carried out by hosting annual competitions that allow students to apply the principles and concepts they have learned in their undergraduate studies.

This year’s conference, with events to be held at Christian Brothers High School, Shelby Farms Patriot Lake, and the Agricenter International, will feature five competitions:

The Concrete Canoe Competition challenges the students’ knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material. The Canoe competition will be held on March 28 at Patriot Lake, with display and aeasthetic judging of the canoes at 8:00 a.m. The Canoe Swamp Test will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by Slalom Races at 10:30 a.m. The finale Canoe Sprint Races will be held at 1:30 p.m.

The Steel Bridge Competition is a comprehensive project experience that takes students from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing. The end result is a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The Bridge Setup will take place on March 29 in the West Pavilion of Agricenter International at 8:00 a.m., with the competition following from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Surveying Competition tests students’ abilities at the technique, profession and science of surveying through three events. The Level Loop event tests surveying skills associated with establishing elevations. The Traverse Loop tests the ability to run an open traverse given one known point (northing/easting) and a basis of bearings.  The Surveying Estimates event tests the ability of the students to estimate horizontal distances between two set points by pacing and estimate the horizontal angle between two distant objects without using any tools, instruments or accessories. The Surveying Competiton will take place on March 28 at Patriot Lake, 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The Mead Paper Competition is an oral paper presentation, named in honor of the 67th President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, that provides an opportunity for young civil engineers to further their professional development and gain national attention. 
Addressing the topic of “Natural Disasters – What are the Civil Engineer’s Responsibilities?”, the papers should not exceed 2000 words and must bne written by one person. Presentations will be made on March 29 in the Seminar Room of Agricenter International, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Winning papers will be egible to compete in the national contest.

The Mystery Competition challenges students to to use provided materials to accomplish the given task at hand, to build teamwork, encourage attention to detail, recognize and apply relevant analysis/design information, and most importantly, to have fun! The task and the materials will be provided at the time of the competition, hence the “mystery.” The Mystery Competition will be held on March 29 in the Seminar Room of Agricenter International, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Competition events will also be broadcast online at

More information on the Deep South Conference can be found at


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MEMPHIS – Christian Brothers University will start men’s and women’s track and field this fall, interim athletic director Donna Crone announced. CBU cross country coach Bill Hoffman will also coach the track and field teams.

“I think track and field is a natural addition to our athletics program,” Crone said. “Coach Hoffman already does a great job with the cross country program, and I know he’ll do well with track and field too. He’s already taken a few of his cross country runners to compete in distance running events at track meets, and they’ve done well.”

Student-athletes interested in the track and field program are encouraged to contact Bill Hoffman at

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MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University will offer information sessions for transfer students Monday-Thursday, March 17-20 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. each day. The sessions are open to any student who wants information about transferring to CBU, but special attention will be available for students affected by the closing of Victory University.

“CBU has always been welcoming to transfers, whether it’s because a student simply changes his or her mind or because they’ve found themselves in a difficult situation—such as the closure of Victory,” says Toni Ross, dean of CBU’s College of Adult Professional Studies. “We are very concerned about these students whose educational careers have been potentially interrupted. We really want to help, and we’ll do what we can to make sure they can continue to pursue their college degrees.”

CBU offers more than 50 undergraduate degree tracks or academic concentrations in liberal arts, business, engineering, and science in both a traditional full-time day program and in hybrid/online evening classes for working adults.

The transfer information sessions will be held in Buckman Hall on the CBU campus. Interested students should bring a copy of their current college transcript in order to facilitate calculation of transfer credits. For more information on the sessions, students may call (901) 321-3291 or visit

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The 2014 Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium will be held at CBU’s University Theater on March 27 at 7:00 p.m. The symposium seeks to continue Vanderhaar’s legacy by bringing a noted scholar or peace activist to Memphis each year to address social and moral issues related to peace and justice and/or Catholic social teaching. This year’s symposium will feature Malik Yakini speaking on the topic of “Fostering a Just Food System.”

Malik Kenyatta Yakini is a founder and the Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. He views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Blacks farmers in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa. He is currently an Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellow.

Malik Yakini from Growing Cities Movie on Vimeo.

The Vanderhaar Symposium was founded in memory of Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar, a professor of religion and peace studies at Christian Brothers University for more than 28 years. Vanderhaar spent his lifetime promoting peace through active nonviolence, writing six books, as well as speaking the message worldwide.

Also, as part of the symposium, a mid-south area college student will be honored with the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. This award is presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence, consistent with Dr. Vanderhaar’s life and work.

This year’s Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium, the ninth in the symposium’s history, is co-presented by GrowMemphis.

For more information, visit

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Christian Brothers University junior guard Trey Casey (Cincinnati, Ohio, La Salle HS) has been named the school’s first Capital One First Team Academic All-American in more than a decade.

Casey, who carries a perfect 4.0 GPA, is second in the GSC in scoring at 19.0 ppg, and he leads the GSC with 2.1 steals per game. A Preseason All-GSC selection this year, Casey was the GSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player as a sophomore last year, leading the Bucs to the GSC Championship. He is a two-time GSC Player of the Week this season as well.

Casey is CBU’s first First Team Academic All-American since 2003, when Jennifer Kett earned the honor in women’s soccer. CBU also placed Jenny Barnard as a Second Team Academic All-American in 2006, and John Raymond Hehn earned Third Team Academic All-America honors in 2006.

To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America program, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Freshmen and first-year transfers are ineligible. All-District winners from the eight districts advance to the national ballot, where a committee of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) selects the winners.

2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Team
Name School Year Hometown GPA Major
David Downs Seattle Pacific (Wash.) Sr. Kirkland, Wash. 3.80 Accounting
Bryce Foster Missouri S&T Sr. Florissant, Mo. 3.89 Business & Management Systems
Austin Armga Michigan Tech Sr. Waupun, Wis. 3.78 Exercise Science
Mike Dentlinger Nebraska-Kearney Sr. Omaha, Neb. 3.95 Business Administration
Trey Casey CBU Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio 4.00 Business Administration
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Christopher Koch Jr.

Dr. Barbara Prescott

The Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University welcomed two new members, Christopher Koch Jr. and Dr. Barbara Prescott, at its recent February meeting.

Christopher Koch Jr. is Chief Operating Officer of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. As COO, he oversees the overall business, financial planning and operations of the Diocese. Koch has been with Diocese for eight years, previously serving as Director of Development and Strategic Planning. Prior to joining the Diocese, Koch had sixteen years’ experience in the money management and investment business. He is a 1987 graduate of Christian Brothers University with a B.S. in Marketing, Economics and Finance.

Dr. Barbara Prescott is the Executive Director of PeopleFirst Partnership, the education and talent arm of Memphis Fast Forward.  As Executive Director, she leads the organization in identifying and advocating for “breakthrough” initiatives to improve educational outcomes in Memphis and Shelby County. Dr. Prescott also is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Vice President of Allie Prescott & Partners, LLC, a consultation firm that works with organizations in the areas of strategic planning, needs assessment, fund raising and project/program development.  She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Dr. Prescott is a former three-term member of the Memphis City School Board where she served twice as President and Vice President. She served as Chair of the Transition Planning Commission, which was charged by statute with creating the plan for the merger of the Shelby County and Memphis City Schools. She also sat on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee School Boards Association; was named to the All Tennessee School Board in 1999; chaired the Ethics Advisory Board in 2000-2001; earned the distinction of Master School Board member and served as the 2002 President of the Tennessee School Board Association.

In 2012, she was named to the first University of Memphis College of Education Hall of Fame and selected as one of the University of Memphis100 Women of Influence. Recently she was awarded the Woman’s Foundation Legends award for her work in the field of education.

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MEMPHIS – As part of its Homecoming weekend festivities, CBU held the field dedication ceremony for Joe Nadicksbernd Field on Saturday morning, February 15 at the field. The school also formally retired the late Nadicksbernd’s number 45 jersey.

Pictured above: Carol Nadickbernd is joined by the Nadicksbernd family and Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. to cut the ribbon on the newly christened Joe Nadicksbernd Field at CBU, named in honor and memory of CBU’s beloved athletic director. The dedication was held as part of Homecoming Week on February 15.  A video of the full dedication ceremony is available at this link>>>

Joe Nadicksbernd, simply put, was an icon at CBU. For more than four decades, he served the school as an athlete, as a coach, as a teacher and as an administrator. The Dayton, Ky., native came to CBU in 1967 to play baseball and basketball, and he was a star in both. In baseball, he hit .329 with 17 homers and 104 RBI as catcher, leading CBU to four straight winning records, including a program-best 38-12 mark as a junior. In basketball, he scored 1,246 points with 963 rebounds. When he graduated, he was fourth in school history in scoring and second in rebounding, and he remains fourth in rebounding today.

After wrapping up his playing career, he became “Coach Nate,” as so many fondly knew him. After two years as an assistant, he became CBU’s head baseball coach in 1975. Over the next 25 years, a lot changed at CBU. The school changed names, from Christian Brothers College to Christian Brothers University, changed conferences twice, and changed affiliations, from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. The one constant was “Coach Nate,” as he won 586 games in that span. He also served eight years as a basketball coach, four as assistant and later four as head coach, leading CBU to the VSAC Finals in 1980.

After 25 years as head coach, he moved into administration, first as Assistant Athletic Director, then as Associate Athletic Director and finally, from 2003 until his death in September, as Athletic Director. During his time as athletic director, CBU won six GSC championships and sent seven teams to NCAA Tournaments, including the men’s basketball south regional championship and Elite Eight in 2008 and the men’s basketball Sweet Sixteen in 2012. His passion extended off the field as well. He stressed the overall success of the student-athlete, taking particular pride in the department as a whole carrying a 3.0 GPA numerous times.

Despite his accomplishments over 46 years all across campus, no place at CBU is more symbolic of his service than the field that now bears his name. He helped build it the summer after his freshman year. He hit its first home run. And for 30 years, whether he was player or coach, he maintained it.

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MEMPHIS – The CBU Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2014. This year’s class features eight inductees, and two teams will be recognized with the inaugural Team of Distinction award. The class will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday night, April 12, at 6:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $40 each, and a table of eight is $320.

Mike Bennett starred in baseball from 1984 to 1987. On the mound, he went 21-13 with a 3.99 ERA over 255.0 innings pitched. His five career saves rank third in school history, and his 21 career wins are fourth in school history. He also ranks fourth with 16 complete games. As a junior, he went 9-3, setting a school record for wins in a season, and his nine complete games are second-most in a season. He also hit .311 with 46 runs and 29 RBI in 193 career at-bats as a hitter.

Kenneth Blake starred in basketball from 1993 to 1997. He scored 1,668 points with 622 rebounds, 194 blocked shots and 107 steals over 99 career games. He holds CBU’s career records for blocks and blocks per game, and he is fifth in points per game and eighth in career points. His career .593 field goal percentage is also third in CBU history. His 72 blocks as a sophomore are still CBU’s single-season record.

Wayne Clayborne starred in basketball from 1956 to 1961. He scored 1,045 points over 105 career games. While the rest of his statistics are incomplete, his 322 rebounds as a junior, and his 11.9 rebounds per game that year, still rank sixth in school history.

Missy Gregg completely rewrote the NCAA soccer record books in 2001 and 2002, setting NCAA career records that haven’t been touched by players who have played four years. Gregg scored an NCAA all-division record 135 goals and 287 points in 47 games, leading CBU to the NCAA finals twice and the national championship once. Her 73-goal junior season is an NCAA all-division record, and her 62-goal senior season is second. She also holds the top two seasons in NCAA history in points. In all, she set eight Division II records and eight NCAA all-division records. She won the Honda Award as the Division II Woman Athlete of the Year.

Dave Loos coached the CBU basketball and baseball teams for four years each. He coached the CBU baseball team from 1971 to 1974, and he was men’s basketball coach from 1982 to 1986. On the hardwood, he led CBU to four straight winning seasons, including the 1985 VSAC Championship, when CBU went 25-10. 25 wins are still tied for the most in a season in school history, and the conference championship was the program’s first. He had three straight 20-win seasons, compiling an 82-53 record overall in four years. On the diamond, he went 81-78 in four years, leading CBU to its only VSAC championship in 1973.

Andres Martinez Gonzalez starred in baseball and soccer from 1987 to 1989. On the pitch, he scored 59 goals with 29 assists for 147 career points. He ranks third in school history in goals and points. On the baseball field, he hit .303 with seven homers, 78 RBI and 89 runs scored in 116 career games. He also stole 33 bases, good for 12th in school history.

Margaret Saurin starred in soccer from 2001 to 2002. She scored 47 goals with 64 assists for 158 career points. She set an NCAA all-division record with 1.36 assists per game for her career. Her 35 assists as a senior also broke the NCAA Division II record, and her 29 assists as a junior rank second. She also ranks second in school history in goals and points. She led CBU to back-to-back NCAA finals, including the 2002 national championship.

Inez Scruggs was one of the biggest supporters of CBU athletics as one of the key people who made games possible. She spent decades as the scorekeeper for CBU’s home basketball games.

In addition to the eight inductees, CBU will recognize its first two Teams of Distinction. The 2001 women’s soccer team went 22-1 and reached the national championship game before losing to UC San Diego. The 2002 Lady Buc soccer team went 25-1 and won the only national championship in CBU history. Members of both teams have been invited to the Hall of Fame Banquet, where they will be recognized.

For more information on the banquet, please contact Donna Crone at (901) 321-3478 or An online registration form will be available soon. Until it is ready, those interested in attending may complete the printable registration form.

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CBU’s Spring 2014 Career & Internship Expo has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 18  in Canale Arena, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. More than 40 employers are already confirmed to attend, seeking students and alumni for full-time, part-time, internship & co-op positions.

Make plans to be there! Dress professionally, research companies in advance, and bring plenty of resumes! The expo is open to CBU students and alumni.

Companies currently scheduled to attend as of February 3 include:

Organization Name Majors Recruited
ACE Marketing Force Inc. All Majors, Management, Marketing
Achievement School District Education, Master Of Arts: Teaching LANCE, Master Of Arts: Teaching, Master of Education, Early Childhood Education
All Star Products, Inc, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management Packaging, Engineering Management
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Communications, Management, Marketing, Sports Management, Business Bachelor Of Arts
Alzheimer’s Association All Majors
Aurora Collegiate Academy All Majors
AutoZone, Inc. All Majors
Buckman Laboratories Inc Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Biochemical Engineeirng, Chemical Engineering Biochemistry
Catholic Diocese Of Memphis – Dept. Of Education Education, Early Childhood Education
CBRE Accounting
Cummins Mid-South, LLC Accounting, Finance, Information Technology Management, Marketing, Electrical Engineering, Management Information Systems
EdR Education Realty Trust Accounting, Finance, Computer Science, Master Of Business Administration, Masters In Accountancy, Visual Arts
Enterprise Rent-A-Car All Majors
Experitec Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Engineering Management
Fastenal Company Communications, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Unspecified Business, Unspecified Engineering, Undeclared, Engineering Management, General Studies
Freed-Hardeman University All Majors
Gestalt Community Schools All Majors
HigherVisibility Creative Writing, Management, Marketing, Computer Science, English Secondary Education, English, English-Corporate Communications & Management, Management Information Systems, English For Corporate Communications
Kroger All Majors
Lasallian Volunteers All Majors
Logical Systems Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Engineering Management
Medtronic, Inc. Nursing RN to BSN, Packaging Engineering Certificate Program, Physical/Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, Management, Marketing, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Science, Management Information Systems, Engineering Management Information Management, Master Of Business Administration, Master Of Engineering Management, Masters In Accountancy, Business Bachelor Of Arts, Engineering Management Packaging, Engineering Management, Finance, Master Of Science:  Engineering Management, Bachelor Of Science
Memphis Light, Gas & Water Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Middle Tennessee State University All Majors
MidSouth Financial Group of MassMutual All Majors
Mueller Industries Electrical Engineering, Master Of Business Administration, Engineering Management
Northwestern Mutual All Majors
Nucor Steel Memphis Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Engineering Management Information Management, Business Bachelor Of Arts, Engineering Management Packaging, Engineering Physics, Engineering Management, Bachelor Of Science
Penske Car Rental Memphis Liberal Studies, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Master Of Business Administration, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Business Bachelor Of Arts, Bachelor Of Science
Power & Telephone Supply Information Technology Management, Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Robert Half Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, Management, Unspecified Business, Management Information Systems, Master Of Business Administration, Masters In Accountancy, Cyber Security & Digital Forensics, Finance
ServiceMaster All Majors
SRVS Nursing RN to BSN, Psychology, Applied Psychology Organizational Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Psychology Organizational Management
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital All Majors
Steel Warehouse Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Master Of Arts: Executive Leadership, Master Of Business Administration, Finance, Master Of Science:  Engineering Management, Bachelor Of Science
Teach Memphis / Shelby County Schools All Majors, Education, English Secondary Education, History Secondary Education, Master of Education, Teacher Licensure, Special Education, Early Childhood Education
The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Education, English Secondary Education, History Secondary Education, Master Of Arts: Teaching LANCE, Master Of Arts: Teaching, Master of Education, Natural Science Secondary Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education
The Regional Medical Center Not Specified
University of Tennessee Health Science Center All Majors
Valero Chemistry, Electrical Engineering
YES Prep Public Schools All Majors
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