CBU announces two campus events in celebration of Black History Month:

Thursday, February 13
Black History Month Lunch and Entertainment
Special performances by CBU African American Greek Organizations and the Divine Gospel Choir
11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. (performance will begin at 12:00 p.m.)
Alfonso Dining Hall
Thursday, February 20
“Right in Your Back Yard”
Speaker: Ms. Rita Harris of the Sierra Club of Memphis

The speaker will explain how pollution sources such as factories, landfills, power plants and other similar facilities are disproportionately located in low-income and people-of-color neighborhoods and affect health and quality of life for all of us.
1:00 p.m., Spain Auditorium

Rita Harris has led Memphis-area environmental justice efforts since 1991. She received the Chickasaw Group’s first Environmental Justice Award in early 1999 and began her work with the Sierra Club in the fall of 1999. Again, in December of 2007, the Chickasaw Group honored her with their Outstanding Community Advocate Award.

In addition to organizing residents in underserved neighborhoods, Harris designs and coordinates grassroots environmental conferences annually, is frequently asked to speak at events inside and outside the Club, and leads Toxic Tours to educate area groups about environmental justice. These tours point out the injustices experienced by individuals living in the shadow of polluters and highlights community success stories!

Her annual “Terrible Ten” reports highlight area polluters while helping communities understand the health effects of air and water pollution. The Tennessee Alliance for Progress (TAP) honored Harris for her many years of work as a community organizer with an award at their May 2008 TAP Long Haul Awards ceremony. In the spring of 2008, Harris was honored by the Memphis Women’s magazine as one of their “Green Women of Shelby County”.

Harris served on the Enforcement Subcommittee of the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council from 1996 to 2001, and currently serves as community co-chair of the 2008 Shelby County Sustainable Shelby Initiative’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

In 2011, Rita Harris won the Sierra Club’s Virginia Ferguson Award for her work to diversify the organization.

This event is co-sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Student Sustainability Coalition.

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Trey Casey

MEMPHIS-Christian Brothers University junior guard Trey Casey (Cincinnati, Ohio, La Salle HS) is the lone Gulf South Conference representative on the Capital One Academic All-District 5 Division II team announced by CoSIDA.

Casey carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in Business Administration, and he is the Bucs’ leading scorer at 18.5 points per game. He ranks third in the GSC and 82nd in the nation in scoring. He is shooting 43.2 percent from three-point range, good for 34th in the nation and second in the GSC. His 2.1 steals per game lead the GSC and rank 41st in the nation.

Casey is the Bucs’ first men’s basketball Academic All-District selection. As a first-team All-District selection, he advances to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot.

To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-District team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible. South Region members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) vote for the winners.

More info at www.gobucsgo.com >>>>

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Magenta Lotus (left) and Bluebird No. 2 (right)

The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) is proud to present a photographic exhibit by Rick Barnard entitled “Visions of Nature.” The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, February 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library. The exhibition will be on display through April 3.

Barnard has been a landscape and nature photographer for seven years, and his photographic prints have been displayed in dozens of exhibits in the Mid-South and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. In April 2013, the Germantown Performing Arts Centre presented an exhibit of his work comprised of 40 prints. In November 2013, selections from Barnard’s portrait, flower, and bird portfolios were on exhibit at the Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch Jr. Library. In December 2012, Barnard was also named “Photographer of the Year” by the Memphis Camera Club.

Barnard photographs the natural world to capture fresh images of waterfalls, rivers, mountains and deserts. The strong leading lines and compelling compositions that distinguish his work offer a unique perspective on the iconic vistas of the Mid-South and American West.

“Most of us live fast-paced, stressful lives and we sometimes overlook the beauty of this great Earth,” expresses Barnard. “My goal is to create innovative images reflective of the way I feel about the world around me, and share those feelings with others.”

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours at the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery are Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hours may vary due to university schedules. Call (901) 321-3243 to verify, or visit the website at www.cbu.edu/gallery. To learn more about Rick Barnard, visit www.rickbarnardphotography.com.

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Trey Casey

MEMPHIS - CBU junior guard Trey Casey (Cincinnati, Ohio, La Salle HS) earned the Gulf South Conference and Tennessee Sports Writer Association Player of the Week awards after posting back-to-back 30-point games last week for the Bucs.

Casey scored a career-high 32 points to go with five rebounds and three steals in Thursday’s 89-59 win over Union, knocking down 9-of-10 three-pointers. He made his first eight in a row, just two off the NCAA record of 10 straight makes. His 90 percent shooting is a new school record, and his nine threes tied for second in school history. His shooting helped CBU as a team shot 18-of-27, the second-most three-pointers in a game in school history, and the 66.7 percent clip tied for second.

Casey followed with 31 points, six steals, four rebounds and three assists in the Bucs’ 96-89 loss to North Alabama Saturday afternoon. Casey was 10-of-18 overall and made 9-of-10 free throws before fouling out in 38 minutes.

Casey won GSC Player of the Week for the first time of his career, and he won the TSWA award for the second consecutive week. He is the Bucs’ first GSC Player of the Week since the 2011-12 season.

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Christian Brothers University (CBU) announces a series of events in January to observe the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Wednesday, January 15, the University will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest at 6:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium (located in Buckman Hall). Featuring 5th and 6th graders from various Jubilee Schools in the Catholic Diocese, students will be judged on creativity, content and how well the speech reflects their chosen theme. Each student will receive an award with special recognition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Rev. J. Lawrence Turner

CBU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service will be conducted on Thursday, January 16, at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The award-winning speech from the previous evening Oratorical Contest will be presented, as will special musical selections from CBU’s newly formed “Divine Voices Gospel Choir.” The speaker for the service will Reverend J. Lawrence Turner, Senior Pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, who will address the theme of “Called to Serve.”

Rev. Turner has served at Mississippi Boulevard Church since January 13, 2013.  For seven years prior to coming to Mississippi Boulevard, his pastoral assignment was the Community Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut.

A native of Nashville, Rev. Turner is a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of Fisk University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy.  He was a 2001 United Negro College Fund/Andrew Mellon Undergraduate Fellow and a 2002 Fellow of the Fund for Theological Education.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School and was awarded the prestigious H.H. Tweedy Prize for exceptional promise for pastoral leadership. Currently, Turner is pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree in Transformative Leadership at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY.

Understanding the need for excellence in leadership in today’s society, Rev. Turner has demonstrated his gifts and talents in various positions including President of the Yale Divinity School Student Council; Vice President of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention; Secretary for the Board of Directors of the National Action Network; and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority for New Haven.

CBU will conclude its observances on Thursday, January 30, at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium with the “Let’s Talk About Race Panel Discussion.” Talking about racial and ethnic diversity can be a divisive conversation, but it doesn’t have to be. A diverse panel of CBU students, led by facilitator Dr. Kelly James, Assistant Professor of Behavior Sciences, will talk about their lives and we will share insights and dispel some myths.

All events are free and open to the public.

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Christian Brothers University is proud to be the host for the 4th annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference. Established in 2011, the conference is designed to provide a forum for farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and other local food stakeholders to discuss ideas for developing the local food system of Memphis and the Mid-South.  Our vision is one of a thriving local food system that will strengthen farmer livelihoods by connecting more farmers to local consumers; will improve access to fresh produce and increase healthy food consumption; and will stimulate economic development and job creation in the region.

This year we welcome a number of farmers, policy advocates, and scholars from across the region to discuss topics including, but not limited to, urban homesteading, mushroom cultivation, faith-based food justice initiatives, and the role universities can play in building sustainable local food systems. This year’s keynote speakers are Nat Turner, founder of Our School at Blair Grocery in New Orleans; and Miles McMath, Director of Culinary Operations at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Nat Turner was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Carleton College. After working on his PhD in the Politics of Representation for seven years at Emory University he relocated to New York City and taught at the Beacon School for seven years. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the school organized countless reconstruction brigades to New Orleans. In 2008, Turner left New York City to found Our School at Blair Grocery in the Lower Ninth Ward with the mission of creating a resource rich safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development. This entails teaching young people how to grow enough food to create food security for the Lower Ninth Ward, sell food to the restaurants in the French Quarter to help finance the project and its expansion and engage youth and our adult neighbors in conversations about why this work is important to the future development of the neighborhood.

Chef Miles McMath has been the owner of three successful restaurants, and has recorded over 100 cooking segments for local television show Mid South Living, where he appeared weekly for four years. He also appeared on the Food Network’s Simon Super Chefs Live and is a five-time Gold Medal winner in National American Culinary Federation (ACF) competitions.

Today, Miles maintains the garden at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he is Director of Culinary Operations. “St. Jude has given me the opportunity to incorporate all of my experiences into one for the benefit of the patients, families and employees at St. Jude,” he says. “We have a garden that produces everything from mushrooms, lettuce and asparagus, as well as compost from our kitchen and worm beds.”

FEBRUARY 4, 2014
8:00 am – 5:30 pm


Price includes breakfast, lunch, and evening reception.

Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/537671 to purchase tickets.

Students can contact Sean MacInnes (smacinne@cbu.edu) for a special rate.

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The Christian Brothers University (CBU) Deckhands have been awarded the NCAA Division II 2013 Award of Excellence for the Gulf South Conference.

The CBU Deckhands are a faculty/staff dance team that provides entertainment at CBU athletic events. Because the University does not have cheerleaders, a student dance squad, or a band, the faculty and staff have stepped in to enhance the game environment by increasing school spirit and encouraging game attendance. The CBU Deckhands was formed in September 2013 as part of the “It’s a Great Day at CBU” initiative. The mission of “It’s a Great Day” is to create a vibrant university culture that results in the satisfaction, commitment, pride, and success of all community members. The Deckhands contribute to the mission by dancing, slingshotting CBU swag, and providing fun, family friendly game entertainment.

The NCAA Award of Excellence is granted to one school in each Division II conference in recognition of an activity or event that exemplifies excellence in any of the areas covered by the Division II six attributes (learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion, and service). The awards can recognize many different categories, including community engagement, game environment, student-athlete leadership development, and educational programming.

The award comes with a $500 prize, and the Deckhands are now in competition for National Division II Award of Excellence, which will announced at the NCAA National Convention in San Diego on January 18, 2014.

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CBU congratulates the 312 undergraduate students named to the Fall 2013 Dean’s List.

Students awarded Dean’s List honors have earned a minimum grade point average of no lower than 3.4 for the semester with the completion of at least 12 credit hours.

Superior scholarship is recognized at the close of each semester by the publication of the Dean’s List.

A full list of honored students for the Fall 2013 semester can be found at this link. »»

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Alexis Gillis

LEXINGTON, Ky.-The American Volleyball Coaches Association Named Christian Brothers University sophomore outside hitter Alexis Gillis (Corpus Christi, Texas, Carroll HS) to its Honorable Mention All-American team announced Wednesday, the third straight season for CBU to place a player on the team.Gillis averaged 3.73 kills and 2.89 digs per set, hitting .176 for the season as she collected 4.20 points per set. Also first-team All-GSC and first-team AVCA All-South Region, she led the GSC and finished 35th in the nation in kills per set and led the GSC and finished 45th in the nation in points per set. She also averaged 0.29 aces per set, helping the Lady Bucs lead the GSC as a team in service aces. The Lady Bucs went 15-19 and finished fourth in the GSC, reaching the GSC semifinals.

Gillis follows in the footsteps of Kelsey Miles, an honorable mention All-American in 2011, and Kristina Headrick, an honorable mention All-American in 2012.

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The CBU Office of Advancement and the Visual and Performing Arts Department will hold open auditions for A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters on January 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Kenrick 200.

Auditions are open to everyone, but CBU alumni who fell in love during their time on campus are especially encouraged to audition. Experience is not necessary and no memorization is required as actors will be reading from the script.

There are roles for six males and six females. There will be three rehearsals on February 11, 12, and 13 culminating with a single special Valentine’s reading (with dinner) on February 14 in Sabbatini Lounge.

Love Letters is the story of Andrew Ladd III  and Melissa Gardner’s complex relationship as told through the reading of a lifetime of correspondence between the two — from childhood birthday invitations and thank you notes to pledges of adolescent infatuation, through the trials and tribulations of marriage, professional aspirations, parenthood, addiction, and ultimately to their love affair.

To schedule an audition appointment, please contact the director, Matthew Hamner, at mhamner@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3026.

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