Page 1



B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


For the future... CBU just made it easier for you to leave a lasting legacy for future students. The Board of Trustees recently approved reduced contribution requirements for establishing endowments at Christian Brothers University. Endowed Scholarship............................................................$25,000 Program Endowment.............................................................$50,000 Endowed Professorship...................................................... $250,000

Establishing an endowment is the ideal way to solidify your legacy and ensure that CBU will continue to provide a quality Lasallian education for generations of students to come. For more information, please call: Stephen Kirkpatrick, Senior Director of Development, in the CBU Advancement Office at (800) 283-2925. 2

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends:

his fall we welcome a new class of bright, ambitious and hopeful young men and women into the CBU community. There is nothing quite like the feeling of anticipation and excitement, the sense of accomplishment, and the promise in the faces of our students as they move in to their new dorms and begin to find their way around our historic and beautiful campus. In reflecting on this wonderful time we see how the foundations of our past connect us not only to each other and our community, but to our shared future as well. That future is bright, for our newest students, our recent graduates and our institution. Because of a long history of generous donors, we have been able to make a quality private education affordable. At CBU, scholarships currently subsidize an annual net tuition cost of less than $10,000 per student. Alumni and friends make it possible for our graduates to leave CBU without the crushing debt so many young people experience today. And the superior

education our graduates have received reaps benefits well into the future, as evidenced by our recent top ranking for “Return on Investment” by We are committed to continuing and expanding access to an excellent CBU education. In the coming years, we will seek support from alumni and friends to increase significantly our capacity to provide an education at an affordable cost. We are also deepening our connection to our community through new and innovative programs, reflective of our Lasallian values, which will drive access to higher education and academic success. We will work to develop interdisciplinary partnerships among CBU’s four academic schools, including cross-curricular courses, learning communities, and graduate programs. We will grow STEM programs, health sciences facilities, and cybersecurity and digital forensics initiatives to prepare our students for the careers of tomorrow. We will collaborate with local primary and secondary educational institutions, community

colleges, and trade schools to ensure universal college preparedness for the MidSouth population. We will create programs to improve the skills and employability of adult learners. Yet we know that a CBU degree is more than preparation for a career. A CBU degree is built upon the foundation of our Lasallian educational mission, providing our graduates with values of respect, faith, discipline, and service, combined with learning outcomes that strengthen interpersonal skills and civic engagement. We will continue to foster a community with character by cultivating a vibrant university culture through campus ministry, new and creative student life programming, expanded service opportunities, and off-campus learning experiences. As we look toward the coming school year, I ask you to take every opportunity to connect with the CBU community and to serve as our ambassadors where you live and work. Together, we will be able to realize the bright future that lies before us.

JOHN SMARRELLI JR., PhD, President B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


Dear Bucs: A

s president of CBU’s National Alumni Board, I am charged with leading a 28-member team made up of diverse individuals, each with their own memories of CBU. Together, we represent approximately 12,000 alumni all over the world—from researchers in Memphis to executives in Europe and teachers in Japan. Being a member of CBU’s Alumni Association provides a unique connection to millions of Lasallian-educated people all over the globe. The National Alumni Board has the explicit mission of engaging alumni in as many ways as possible. Each year, new and exciting events are hosted to ensure that members of the Alumni Association stay connected with their alma mater, and more importantly with each other. Some of last year’s events included Trivia Nights, Bucchanalia, Alumni Weekend, the Christmas Tree Lighting, Homecoming, networking functions, and many more. The Alumni Association has incredible energy going into 2013. This year, we will continue to add events, and we will sponsor the rebirth of CBU’s mentoring program in the fall. It is because of our active and involved alumni base that we are able to influence positive changes, like bringing graduation back to campus in 2011 and adding new academic programs in 2012. In my short time as president, I have been honored to work with CBU’s outstanding administration. I am constantly amazed at the dedication each of these individuals has to every student before and after graduation. The Lasallian tradition “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve” is alive and well on campus today. Members of the Alumni Association are among those serving on CBU’s faculty and staff, Board of Trustees, and special committees. Their guidance ensures that students today will enjoy the same educational excellence each one of us enjoyed as students. It is up to us as alumni to capitalize on this energy and to play our part in pushing CBU to the next level. The coming years will be very exciting time for our campus community. As students’ needs and technology continue to evolve, so must our university. Capital projects dot the horizon, along with transformations in the way the school educates and serves its students. I am confident that dedicated alumni will help ensure the success of each mission, whether it is the renovation of a building, volunteering to lend a hand during the September of Service, or placing calls to prospective students. I look forward to working with you as we ensure a bright future for CBU.

Matt Johnson (’09)

President, National Alumni Board

4 4

LLTOWE TOWERRfall fall2013 2013 BBEELL

Published by the CBU Office of Advancement Non-profit postage is paid at Memphis, TN. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to: CBU Office of Advancement, Attn: Bell Tower 650 East Parkway South, Memphis TN 38104 —————————————————————— BELL TOWER EDITOR/DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE SERVICES Cory Dugan SENIOR DIRECTOR OF STEWARDSHIP & DONOR ENGAGEMENT Wendy Sumner-Winter (’05) SENIOR DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI & VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT Karen S. Viotti (’02) ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE SERVICES Jacob Edwards COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING COORDINATOR Petya K. Grady EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Bob Arnold, Christina Brown, Dr. Tracie Burke, Leslie Herlihy, Weldon Johnson, Julia Kueter (’14), Stephen Kirkpatrick, Sean MacInnes, Eric Opperman, Kristi Prevost (’10), Amy Ware —————————————————————— UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION PRESIDENT John Smarrelli Jr., Ph.D. SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT Steve Crisman VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING Elisa C. Marus BOARD OF TRUSTEES, 2013-14 John Mitchell Graves (’83), chairman Joseph F. Birch Jr. (’78), vice chair Richard T. Gadomski (’62), vice chair Robert G. McEniry, vice chair Joyce A. Mollerup, secretary Stephen T. Dunavant (’83), treasurer Dr. James W. Adams II (’80) Louis F. (Bo) Allen Jr. (’95) H. Wayne Brafford Bena Cates Brother Konrad Diebold Brother Chris Englert (’77) H. Lance Forsdick Sr. (’61) Mark R. Giannini (’87) William W. Graves Emily Sawyer Greer (’84) Monsignor Valentine Handwerker Matthew Johnson (’09) Brother Bernard LoCoco Douglas J. Marchant Lori M. Patton (’91) Brother Michael F. Quirk James L. Reber (’82) Brother Larry Schatz Joshua Shipley (’01) John Smarrelli Jr., Ph.D. Stephen L. Waechter (’72) Dr. Margaret H. West Laurel C. Williams (’82) H. McCall Wilson Jr. (’89)


FA LL 2 013 Diving Into Research


On her path to veterinary school, Kristi Prevost has never been afraid to get her feet wet.


Real-World Marketing in the Big Apple CBU students learn big lessons at the Advertising Women of New York Advertising Conference.

30 Days of Good Deeds

Alumni, administration, faculty, and Brothers working side-by-side during September of Service creates a larger sense of who we are as CBU.

16 Photo Albums

Bell Tower Gala ............................................................... 30 Scholarship Luncheon ................................................ 32 Legacy Society ................................................................ 33 Commencement ............................................................ 34

Class Notes

1960s .................................................. 5 1970s .............................................. 11 1980s ............................................. 19 1990s ............................................ 23 2000s ........................................... 28 2010s .......................................... 36

In Memoriam ...................................... 39 SEND NEWS FOR CLASS NOTES to CBU Alumni Office, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis TN 38104. Or send email to SEND YOUR PHOTOS TOO! Digital photos should be a minimum of 1200 x 1800 pixels. SEND ADDRESS CHANGES to Bell Tower, CBU Office of Advancement, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis TN 38104.

If you see this red “video play” button on a page, follow the abbreviated URL for extra online video content. The videos will also be linked in the online edition of the Bell Tower.



Life After College

CBU students get a chance to learn from alumni who’ve done it right.

CBU Gets Obsessed with the Harlem Shake and other silly reasons to be serious about social media.

Running For His Life

In his courageous battle with cancer, former Buccaneer cross country runner Will Steele (’98) explored his resolve to continue running, his mortality, and his faith in God.



EE Class of ’62: Keeping It Current ................................. 7 Arts Faculty/Staff: Helping Others...............................15 CBU Career Services Offers New Programs ..............19 Back Page: Marathon Man................................................40


Back-to-Back Champions: Bucs Win GSC ................... 8 Spiked! Volleyball History in the Making ...................... 9 Winning the Hard Way: Basketball Champs .............10

If you see a QR code like this on a page, you can scan it with your smartphone to find more information, more photos, or maybe a video or two to further enhance your Bell Tower experience. QR codes are also accompanied by an abbreviated URL for use on your desktop.

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


Diving Into I

BY K R I S T I P R E V O S T ( ’ 1 0 )

Research On her path to veterinary school, Kristi Prevost has never been afraid to get her feet wet.

have always had a special interest in animals, have worked in various small animal clinics throughout my life, and have always wanted to pursue a career with animals. As a junior at CBU, trying to find a position with Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald for my senior research project in biology, I decided to apply to a few marine mammal facilities for internships. I was fortunate enough to get an internship at Dolphin Cove in Key Largo, FL. While there, I conducted a behavioral research project studying the social, dominant, and aggressive behaviors and interactions between the bottlenose dolphins there. I spent the summer in there, getting a taste of what it would be like to live in a tropical setting and work with exotic animals. After my experiences that summer, I knew I might want to pursue a career with marine mammals. Going into my senior year, I hadn’t completely made up my mind about applying to veterinary school, so I

Kristi with Alfonz, a 19-year old male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, at Dolphin Cove in Key Largo, FL. 6

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

During my time at Dolphin Cove, I learned so much about marine mammal life, conservation, and research. I had the best co-workers I could ask for: four Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. decided that I would work for a year or two before making my next step. On the last day of my exams, one week before graduation, I received a call from my supervisor from Dolphin Cove. She wanted to know if I was interested in a full time position as a dolphin trainer in Key Largo; this was a phone call I was not expecting at all. I was offered a dream job, but I was worried living so far away from my friends and family. Despite these worries, I ultimately decided that this was an opportunity which I could not pass up. One week after graduation, I was on my way to the Florida Keys. If it weren’t for Dr. Fitzgerald’s senior research class and for all of my professors’ encouragement and support during my four years at CBU (and most importantly during my senior year), I would never have had this amazing opportunity or the courage to make this huge step.

During my time at Dolphin Cove, I learned so much about marine mammal life, conservation, and research. I had the best co-workers I could ask for: four Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. I was also exposed to a variety of research projects, helped to train and care for the dolphins, and was able to help out the vets with various procedures. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and appreciate everything I learned, I decided that I wanted to move closer to home and try out a different field of research. I moved back to Memphis and started working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Department of Infectious Diseases, which is where I am currently employed. I work in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Webster. St. Jude is one of six World Health Organization collaborating centers

for influenza research and one of the only centers that focuses on the transmission of animal viruses to humans. My lab is specifically dedicated to the study of antiviral drugs and influenza research. Throughout my time at CBU, I learned a lot that helped me in my position at St. Jude, starting with freshmen biology and chemistry all the way up to Dr. Mary Ogilvie’s immunology class. Many of the laboratory techniques I use on a daily basis are ones I had exposure to at CBU. I have been in my position at St. Jude for over two years now. All of my experiences at CBU and thereafter have brought me to where I am today, preparing to start my first semester at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine this fall. I am extremely excited and will be forever grateful for the amazing friends and experiences CBU brought into my life! n

The Class of 1962 staged a successful reunion during Alumni Weekend 2012 in October. Members of the class are pictured here at the Alumni Celebration and Dinner in Canale Arena, joined by Brother Louis Althaus and President John Smarrelli (at right). Jim Beecher and wife, Eugenia, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2012. It has been two years since Jim retired. Now his passion is fly fishing and is a director of Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited and spends a lot of time on stream restoration and photography.



Dr. Jack Kenney was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Academy


of Forensic Sciences at their Annual meeting in February of this year. He is the only dentist board certified in Pediatric Dentistry and Forensic Odontology specialties. Brendan (Butch) Brosnan retired in 2012 after a 43-year career in banking and investments. He joined the public sector in 2000 as investment officer for the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana. His most recent position was chief investment officer for the Louisiana School


Employees’ Retirement System. His wife, Elaine, whom he met while attending CBC, and he are planning a return to Tennessee and currently have a new home under construction in Chattanooga. Thomas S. Lott Sr. was awarded the 2012 Community Leader of the Year award by Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce in Fairhope, AL. B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


Real-World Marketing in the Big M BY CHRISTINA BROWN

CBU students at Grand Central Station during the AWNY Advertising Conference in November: (l-r) Chasity Adams (Finance ’14), Melanie Horne (Psychology ’14), Melissa Duong (Marketing ’13), Joseph Pagni (Marketing ’13), and Kenneth Villarreal (Management ’13). 8

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

arketing instructor and internship coordinator Jenny Cowell, along with students Melissa Duong (Marketing ’13), Melanie Horne (Psychology ’14), Chasity Adams (Finance ’14), Joseph Pagni (Marketing ’13), and Kenneth Villarreal (Management ’13), attended the 55th Annual Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) Advertising Conference in November at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Cowell explained how the previous AWNY conference really opened her students’ eyes to world of marketing outside of the classroom: “They get there, and they’re all dressed up in proper, conservative business attire, and then they see all of these creative types walking around in clothes that are really different—something you would never see here in the south—and it opens their eyes. They get to see the competition in person, and it either scares them or inspires them to really grow.” At the November conference, the CBU students attended lectures, took tours, completed workshops, and more. “They attended advertising agency tours on Friday and were able to discuss current trends in advertising, media buying, and brand content,” Cowell reports. “On Friday evening, they were entertained by Jeffrey Hayzlett, the keynote speaker and author of Running the Gauntlet. On Saturday, they attended both a resume or portfolio clinic then separated into smaller groups to attend workshops in their field of interest including account management, sports marketing and management, how to get your first job in advertising, creative design, PHOTO BY JENNY COWELL

graphic arts, and many more interesting topics.” Melissa Duong brought back an autographed copy of Hayzlett’s Running the Gauntlet. She says the author was not only perfectly poised but also—in the fashion of a true storyteller—captivated his audience with several outrageous and funny tales from his career. “My favorite moments of the trip were the agency visits,” Duong says. “We got a chance to tour KSL Media and see the different companies they represent such as Bacardi, First Tennessee, and Hulu. We also had a chance to visit a branding agency, Monaco Lange, which was responsible for re-branding Girl Scouts, a very well known and respected organization. For me, it was amazing to see and meet the people who work behind the scenes for these large and successful companies. During one of our workshops we were able to see the thought process behind the re-branding of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. It was so great to be able to listen to everything that went behind their advertisements from their logo to the tagline.” What makes a psychology major decide to attend an event geared toward up-andcoming marketing professionals? “I had never taken a marketing class before this conference,” Melanie Horne explains. “So I was naturally not as confident in my knowledge for this field of work. However, during the agency tours and throughout the conference, I realized that psychology is more inter-related with marketing than one might assume. Take consumer behaviors, or branding for example—essentially these marketing and branding agencies want to ‘tap into’ the empathetic, compassionate consumer in order to better promote their idea of their product. These agencies need to study how people react, think, and behave. This is where psychology emerges.” Chasity Adams says, “The most valuable thing I took away from the conference was the exposure to the different aspects of marketing. The workshops were very informative and helpful. Because many of the people presenting the topics were CEOs themselves, it was very insightful to understand exactly what they are looking for in an employee.” n

EE Class of ’62: Keeping It Current The Electrical Engineering Class of 1962 dedicated their memorial gift during Alumni Weekend 2012. Pictured at the dedication are (l-r) Dr. John Smarrelli (CBU President), Dr. John Clark, James Stoakes, Dr. Tom Ellis, Paul Hanson, Kurt Knuth, Terry Purtle, Jerry Olds, Dr. Eric Welch (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Richard Martin, and Brother Louis Althaus (Executive Assistant to the President, former Electrical Engineering faculty).


n 1962, CBU acquired a single IBM 1620 computer (pictured at left)—and devoted a large portion of St. Joseph Hall to housing it. (To put that in perspective, an iPhone 5 has 1,000 times more processing power than the IBM 1620 and fits in your pocket.) Fifty years later, the electrical engineers from the Class of 1962 gave a gift to current CBU students to make sure they also have the latest and greatest technology in their labs— and took the opportunity to use that generous gift to honor the memory of one of the founders of CBU’s School of Engineering, Brother Philip Morgan. Thus far, their $50,000 gift has purchased ten National Instruments

Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) units and software for the Electronics Lab and Instrumentation Lab; ten computers for the labs, a microcontroller for the Honors Program Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving course, and two laser printers for the labs. n



B E LL TOWE R fall 2013



CHAMPIONS Bucs Win 2012 Gulf South Soccer Championship


he CBU Buccaneers won their second consecutive Gulf South Conference championship in November with a resounding 5-1 win over Delta State University. The defending champs went into the tournament as a No. 4 seed and advanced to the finals with a 4-3 win over West Alabama—the highlight of which was a stunning bicycle kick goal (see video link below) by midfielder Andrew Ballard (Natural Science ’13). The Bucs opened the 2012 season ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division II Coaches Poll, the only GSC school in the rankings and one of

VIDEO: Watch Ballard’s Bicycle Kick:


B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

four South Region teams in the top 20. The Bucs returned 19 of 23 lettermen from the 2011 GSC championship squad, which went 15-4-1 and earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA South Regional. Despite a slow start to 2012, losing their first three matches, the Bucs put together a winning regular season, ending with an overall 9-7-1 record, 7-4-1 in the conference. Notwithstanding their victory in the GSC championship, the Bucs’ season record and regional ranking wasn’t enough for an NCAA bid this year. GSC men’s soccer coaches voted five Bucs to the All-GSC Team. Midfielder Yannick Skull (Business Administration ’13) represents the Bucs on the All-GSC First Team for the third straight year after scoring two goals and four points as he started all 17 games. His twin brother, defender David Skull (Applied Psychology ’13), earned First Team honors for the second straight year after starting all 17 games, scoring two goals with one assist for five points. Forward Jose Ferraz (Civil Engineering ’15) also repeated as

a First Team selection after scoring seven goals with four assists for 18 points, all team-highs, as he started all 17 games. Goalkeeper Jaime Garcia (Business Administration ’15) earned a spot on the All-GSC Second Team for the second consecutive year after going 8-7-1 with a 1.20 goals against average and 38 saves this season. Defender Sean Rutter (Business Administration ’15) also repeated on the Second Team after scoring two goals and four points as he started all 17 games. South Region sports information directors voted David Skull and Jose Ferraz to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. Skull carried a 3.63 GPA in applied psychology, while Ferraz had a 3.50 GPA in civil engineering. Ferraz, David Skull, and Yannick Skull also earned spots on the All-Region Second Team, as selected by South Region sports information directors. n Check out for live streaming and archived video of the Bucs and lady Bucs in action! Packages start at $10.95.


Lady Bucs Win First NCAA Tournament Match; Hwang Coach of the Year


was CBU volleyball history in the making: The Lady Bucs won their first NCAA Tournament match in school history in November as they upset No. 17 West Florida, the second seed in the regional, in four sets. After dropping a pair of close sets early in the Gulf South tournament two weeks prior and losing the championship to UWF, the Lady Bucs turned the tables on the Argos at the NCAA tourney with a decisive victory, three sets to one. Although their ride ended in the semifinal match with Palm Beach Atlantic, the 2012 season was a Lady Buc landmark. CBU entered the GSC Championship Tournament as a No. 2 seed, the team’s highest ever, after a 18-11 regular season, 11-5 in the conference and a No. 7 ranking in the NCAA South Region. After a three-set win over West Alabama in the first round, the Lady Bucs moved to the GSC semifinals for the first time ever, and then moved on to the first-ever GSC championship match after a four-set win

over Alabama-Huntsville. Although West Florida claimed the GSC Championship and the No. 2 seed in the NCAA South Regional, CBU grabbed a No. 7 seed and headed to the big show for the second year in a row — setting up the revenge victory and first-ever NCAA win.

Head coach In-Sik Hwang was named GSC Coach of the Year for the second time, adding to the award he won in 2010. Hwang, who won his 200th career match this season, is the all-time CBU win leader, with 200-157 in his 11th season. Libero Kristina Headrick (General Studies ’16) was named GSC Freshman

of the Year. She is just the second Lady Buccaneer to earn the award and the first since 2003. Headrick was named GSC Player of the Week after her first week at CBU and led the GSC in digs per set (4.60). She was also named the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AWVCA) South Region Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-South Region First Team. To top off her honors, Headrick was named Honorable Mention All-America by the AWVCA, the second player in school history to earn the honor. Setter Kelsey Miles (Natural Science ’13) was the first Lady Buc to earn the accolade, in 2011. Miles and outside hitter Hailey Gillis (Cultural Studies ’13) also earned spots on the All-GSC First Team. Miles joined Headrick on the All-South Region First Team and was named Player of the Week in September by the GSC and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. Gillis was also named GSC Player of the Week in October, following the selection of libero Corinne Doder (Accounting ’13) as Defensive Player of the Week. n

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

11 11



t the end of most championship seasons, it is easy to look back on how it happened and see where you were lucky. The Bucs’ 2012-13 GSC Championship was not like that. The injury bug bit the Bucs early on, with starting guard Trey Casey missing five of the first eight games with an injury. Despite his injury trouble, the Bucs started 8-3, with a 3-0 record in GSC play highlighted by a 69-54 win over a North Alabama team that came in with a 9-1 record. But then preseason All-GSC guard Harry Green, who had been averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 3.7 assists per game, suffered a wrist injury during a 78-64 win over Union University. With Green out, the Bucs dropped two straight, evoking memories of the 2010-11 season, when the Bucs started 15-3 but finished 17-11 after suffering a pair of key injuries. But they reorganized, winning five of their next six games, capped by an 87-73 road win over North Alabama that gave them a 13-6 record, including an 8-3 GSC mark. But junior guard Cory McArthy, the team’s Michael Drake, All-GSC and NABC All-District 12

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

floor general and No. 2 scorer with 11.2 points per game, injured his ankle as time expired, meaning the Bucs were without two of their original starting guards. McArthy would miss the final seven games of the regular season, starting with a 73-70 loss at Union. So the Bucs were forced to reorganize yet again, inserting freshman Drew Hildreth into the starting lineup and walk-on junior Dominic Fragale into a key role as a backcourt reserve after only playing 20 minutes in the first 19 games. Up next was Alabama-Huntsville, the two-time defending GSC and South Regional champions, who had defeated the Bucs six straight times since the 2010-11 season. But again, the Bucs would answer the challenge. After not scoring for the first five minutes, they exploded for a 17-2 run to take a 19-8 lead, and they never trailed again. UAH came back to tie the game early in the second half, but sophomore guard Ryan Fleming scored six straight. With the Bucs ahead 42-38 with just over five minutes remaining, Fleming found Fragale for a critical three-pointer. Hildreth followed with another three and the Bucs led by 10, eventually winning 55-48. The win over UAH sparked CBU to a 5-1 finish in their last six games, wrapping up the No. 2 seed in the GSC Tournament. CBU dispatched West Alabama 75-61 in the first round and held off West Florida 66-58 to return to the finals for the second year in a row. A 13-0 run midway through the first half put the Bucs ahead 20-10, and they Hugh Teaford, Memphis City civil design engineer, gave a talk on the railroad museum and Harahan Bridge in October as part of CBU’s Lunch and Learn Series. Hugh is president of the Memphis Society of Model Railroaders. Bill Whitten has been named successor to the current CEO at HealthNet Federal Credit Union in Cordova, TN. Bill has been a vice president at HealthNet FCUY for the past 15 years and has been in credit union leadership positions for the past 38 years, including with the Tennessee Credit Union League and Volunteer Corporate Credit Union.


James E. Kuss retired in June 2010 from Lockheed Martin Patuxent Engineering Facility (PEF). His last work assignment at PEF was principal designer of a new VHF radio (ARC-209B) for



never trailed again. VSU used a 16-9 run over the final seven minutes to pull within a 63-62 margin in the final seconds. McArthy, who returned for the GSC Tournament, made two free throws, and VSU’s desperation three missed at the buzzer to clinch the Bucs’ second GSC championship and their fourth NCAA Tournament berth in six years. The Bucs’ draw in the NCAA? For the seventh meeting in the last two seasons, they were facing Alabama-Huntsville. UAH exploded out of the gate, making eight of their first nine threes to take a 28-10 lead in the first nine minutes. As they did all year, the Bucs rallied, scoring 14 straight points to pull within a 28-24 deficit in the next three and a half minutes. They completed the comeback in

the second half, taking a 56-52 lead with 3:41 remaining, but UAH hit a pair of threes to take the lead back. The Bucs went inside to All-GSC forward Michael Drake for the tying basket, but UAH made a pull-up jumper in the lane with 2.5 seconds remaining to give them a 60-58 win. Michael Drake was an All-GSC and NABC All-District player this season, averaging 14.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. He was also named “Men’s Basketball Player of the Week” by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association in February, the Bucs’ first TSWA Player of the Week. Coach Mike Nienaber won the GSC Coach of the Year award, his third, after guiding the Bucs to their 11th consecutive winning season. n

the Presidential Helicopter Program. Roger Milton is working for EMC Consulting and was recently certified as an EMC Proven Expert in Cloud Architect. He and Beth Gillum recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, have three granddaughters and live in Blue Bell, PA.

Dr. Roger Cicala was among the finalists for Memphis Business Quarterly’s “CEO of the Year.” Cathy Ross, CFO of FedEx Express, was listed among “100 Most Powerful Executives in America” by Black Enterprise.

Stephen Waechter has been appointed as one of CBU’s newest members of the Board of Trustees. Stephen is vice president of business operations and chief financial officer of ARINC, a global provider of communications, engineering, and integration solutions



Larry Coley graduated from the Leadership Memphis Executive Program, a prestigious program which has been shaping community leaders in the Memphis area since 1979.


Jim Pohlman, longtime head of Memphis Catholic High and Middle School in Memphis, is now superintendent of Catholic schools in Tulsa, OK.


B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


30 n (’16), Colema a t e il a B rschmid Deppe ic in Rachel om r other D Brothe (’16), Br a , t u nd a r t n p a u Ehrm leaning llivan c r. o Tom Su b Har lf River the Wo


B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

Days of


Good Deeds

Alumni, administration, faculty, and Brothers working side-by-side during September of Service created a larger sense of who we are as CBU. BY J U L I A K U E T E R ( ’ 1 4 )


rom the planning stages to the finale event, September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds (S.O.S.) was a unique and extraordinary Fall 2012 Christian Brothers University initiative. Led by a group of ten CBU Honors Program students and director Dr. Tracie Burke, September of Service was a service project during which CBU served a different Memphis non-profit agency each day of the month. September of Service began with a kick-off on August 31, during which participants

signed up for a service date(s) and created personalized signs stating why they were interested in serving their community. The project website,, was created by Honors Program alumni Steven Menezes and Caitlin Woodward and provided a convenient way for volunteers to find a project that suited their talents and interests. Over the 30 days of September, CBU volunteers provided service for 30 different Memphis agencies, including gardening at Grow Memphis; clearing debris for Overton Park Conservancy; building a basketball court for Jacob’s Ladder in the Belt Line community; tidying and organizing at

DeNeuville Learning Center; socializing and playing games with the residents of Catholic Charities Genesis House; doing yardwork at Memphis Child Advocacy Center; reviving the playground at Harwood Center; and serving guests at Manna House. Between the first day of service at the Memphis Music Heritage Festival and the last day at a rainy LUVMUD benefitting Habitat for Hope, over 250 volunteers, including students, staff, faculty, Brothers, alumni, relatives, friends, and even a CBU trustee provided approximately 1,100 hours of service. Participants celebrated at a finale event

John T ubbs (’ 14), Ab Stovall bie (’16), a nd Jeff Stovall (’89) fr eshenin up the g De La S a lle Elemen tary Sc hool playgro und.

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


“It has the potential to make a splash in the service community of Memphis, one of the most giving cities in the country… while allowing our campus to truly deliver on its Lasallian values.” during Alumni Weekend, and that night voted to make a $200 donation to Harwood Center from the proceeds of S.O.S. t-shirt sales. September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds united CBU as one community and actively put our LaSallian values to work. As a member of the Honors Program September of Service leadership team, I was extremely gratified by its success and how it both united our campus and brought us closer to the Memphis community. I am not a native Memphian; I came to CBU after graduating from Greene County Technical High School in Paragould, AR. After living in Memphis for three years, I am now proud to call it home. Although Memphis isn’t always depicted in the most positive light, I have learned over these three years what a wonderful community it really is, and September of Service showed me how many people and agencies are working to make it even better. One of my S.O.S. co-leaders, Taylor Salton, whose son Kaden attends Harwood Center expressed something similar: “This project means getting the chance to serve those who work so hard at serving our community. One of the best parts will be getting students to participate and work hard for something that is bigger than themselves and hopefully they will be able to see the benefit of their hard work and feel encouraged to serve more in the future.” I was most excited From top: to see how during Emmett Fulmer at the service events GrowMemphis; Darryl students from different Stephens (’14) at the Child organizations worked Advocacy Center; Kierra together. I am used to Turner (’16) and Josh serving with individual Shipley (’01) at the MIFA organizations such as the Handyman Program. Honors Program or my sorority, but S.O.S. was much bigger. Individuals who belonged to an array of different groups united as one CBU, something we don’t see very often on our campus. I was also thrilled to see the turnout of freshmen, who I think were the most excited to participate. Obviously, September of Service occurred within their first few weeks of school and therefore provided them with a way to immediately be a part of something special on campus. It was also rewarding to work with 16

members of the CBU community who weren’t students. Working alongside alums, administration, faculty, and Brothers created a larger sense of who we are as CBU. It opened lines of communication and allowed all parts of CBU to work together as one. Johnny Blount, another S.O.S. leader and one of this year’s Lasallian Fellows, agrees: “September of Service embodies everything college service is about. It’s innovative, broad, fun, and noteworthy. It has the potential to make a splash in the service community of Memphis, one of the most giving cities in the country, and affirm a culture of charity, while allowing our campus to truly deliver on its Lasallian values.” Although they weren’t necessary or expected, we enjoyed reading the notes we received from the agencies we served. After our day spent in the Belt Line community working on the foundation for a basketball court and in a neighborhood garden, Rev. Bill Marler, director of Jacob’s Ladder CDC, wrote: “We really needed some help with both the garden and basketball court projects, and CBU’s timing and results could not have been better. Your team’s involvement was very encouraging to everyone working in the Belt Line—just the shot in the arm we needed at this particular moment to keep things rolling. Please convey our deep gratitude that the 30 Days of Good Deeds found its way to our doorstep.” Therese Gustaitis of Genesis House wrote “The CBU group joined residents of Genesis House for pizza, puzzles, games and—most importantly—conversation. Genesis House provides transitional housing for persons who are homeless and are diagnosed with mental illness.…Typically our residents do not have many visitors. Sometimes visitors do not know how to interact with this group. The CBU guests were just wonderful; they were kind, loving, conversational, and attentive. It was encouraging to observe this spirit to serve among our country’s next generation.” I am as proud to have worked on this unique service project, as the agencies were thankful to have our service. September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds brought out the best in CBU and showed us the best of Memphis. I hope this service initiative is continued in the coming years. It is one of a kind, just like CBU itself. n

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

Arts Faculty/Staff: Help Others BY SEAN MacINNES


chool of Arts faculty and staff unite their teaching and business acumen through a myriad of community service endeavors which include the development of job training programs, civil rights advocacy, and environmental stewardship. These connections with local and regional organizations are proof of how deeply rooted CBU’s commitment to Lasallian fellowship is within our campus culture. Dr. Ellen Faith (Education) has been a board member of the DeNeuville Learning Center since 2008 and is currently serving as the chair through 2013. The DeNeuville Learning Center, a ministry of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, focuses on the educational empowerment of women through GED, pre-GED, ESL, and job skills classes. Like the Christian Brothers, the Sisters claim “zeal” as a key theme in their spirituality and the role it plays in providing a supportive and encouraging environment. With Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences, and CBU Honors Program Director) also on the DeNeuville’s board, the partnership has been amplified by the placement of Honors student interns, who gain experience from serving in a wide variety of positions, from sitting on the board to volunteering at fund raising activities. As Dr. Faith explains, “For anyone who cares about the empowering role that education can play in our Memphis community, the CBU-DeNeuville connection is a natural partnership.” Progress for social justice is equally championed by the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center and assistant professor Federico Gomez-Uroz (Literature & Languages), who sits on its board of directors. “Having the opportunity to serve in this capacity, directly connected to issues of social justice, represents a continuation of the work others have done and the mission of the University” he says. The MSPJC is involved in several projects that deal with local issues, like police-neighborhood reconciliation (a program of recent development), the Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality (H.O.P.E.) organization, and the newly self-sustaining non-profit GrowMemphis.



The organization also celebrates the GandhiKing Conference on Peacemaking and hosts a series of other events during the year, always focusing on issues of social justice and community organizing. Addressing these issues from the standpoint of environmental stewardship, Dr. Ben Jordan (History & Political Science), Dr. Paul Haught (Dean), and Sean MacInnes (School of Arts adminsitrative assistant), who all sit on CBU’s Sustainability Committee, are participating members of the Mid‐South Regional Greenprint Consortium. The Consortium, established from a $2.6 million grant from the federal Housing and Urban Development office, is formed by citizen, business and governmental leaders in the tri-state area. They are working to establish a unified vision for a region‐wide network of greenspace areas with the goal of enhancing regional sustainability by addressing recreation, housing and land use, resource conservation, environmental protection, accessibility, community health and wellness, transportation alternatives, economic development, and neighborhood engagement. “What I find especially exciting about the Mid-South Greenprint project,” Haught says, “is the opportunity it has provided us to take part in a massive civic initiative to provide a visual representation of the region’s efforts and needs with respect to sustainability. If Memphis and the Mid-South are to flourish deep into the 21st Century, this project will no doubt play a role. Down the road, I also foresee

You Help Yourself

School of Arts personnel are involved with the following community organizations: Council for Exceptional Children; Heifer International; Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue; Autism Society of the Mid-South; Works of Heart auction committee for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center; CBU National Alumni Board; Children’s Museum of Memphis; De La Salle Elementary School; Peabody Elementary School Site-Based Decision Making Council; GrowMemphis; Christian Education Committee at First Congregational Church; Number: Inc.; Bornblum Solomon Schechter School; Lindenwood Church; Advisory Boards for Fairview Middle School, Middle College High School, and Tennessee Higher Education Commission for Common Core Standards; and the Committee of Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of Memphis.

a number of possibilities for our students and faculty to contribute their own research to the project, a major factor in my own decision to become involved.” Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough space in this article to extensively highlight all of the great acts of civil engagement being pursued by members of the School of Arts, but as you can see in the box on this page, the list is expansive. To keep abreast of all the good news flowing out, you can like the SOA on Facebook, follow the new blog, and register for the biannual newsletter. n CBUSchoolofArts

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013



I’ve got plenty!

Burton Bridges (’09) and Andrea Guyton (’13) 18

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

Life After COLLEGE

CBU Students Get a Chance to Learn from Alumni Who’ve Done It Right B Y P E T YA K . G R A DY


ast year, the CBU Alumni Office, in collaboration with Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Science/ Honors Program), piloted a “Life After College” class with the simple goal of making CBU students’ transition into the “real” world a little bit easier. The course was created and taught by CBU alumni and was such a smashing success, that it was offered again in January. Dr. Burke, CBU alumnus Burton Bridges (Business Administration ’09), and current student Andrea Guyton (Psychology ’13) sat down just before classes started to explain a little bit more about the class and why students should probably be taking it. Tell us a little bit about the “Life After College” class. Burke: “Life After College” is an eightweek, non-credit class for current juniors and seniors and taught by CBU alumni. The course has several main components— graduate school, getting a job, your first 90 days on the job, a four-part financial component including sessions on student loans, savings and investment, credit and credit scores, and housing. We finish with a very motivating session offered by Maria Lensing (Electrical Engineering ’01, MSEM ‘07) on remaining Lasallian, which made many of last year’s students PHOTO BY JACOB EDWARDS




Caroline Carrico (’10) Hayley Isaac (’08, ’11) Laura Kreager (’06) Svetlana Lapova (’09) Shaina Zakalik (’03)


Megan Murdock (’05)


Burton Bridges (’10)


Michael Covington (’11, ’14)


Josh Shipley (’01)


Anne Hotze (’01)


Brandon Kamm (’01)


Maria Lensing (’01, ’07)

cry. Her talk helped students understand how special their CBU Lasallian education really is. Last year’s students gave the course very good reviews and thought it was very valuable. So we did it again this year! How did this idea come about? Burke: A few years ago I did a consulting project with people in the community who were taking financial literacy classes, and I thought that students at CBU needed this too. That thought evolved into this “Life After College” class. Burton, Jenny Cowell (Marketing), and Karen Viotti (Alumni Office) got involved in developing the full

concept for the class. Bridges: There has been a great team of alumni putting this course together. The information is organized in a very neat way and everyone comes to their session very prepared, the instructors are not shooting from the hip. They have sifted through a lot of information, they have read the materials and have tons of resources for you. Andrea, you signed up for the class. Can you tell us why and which part you are most excited about? Guyton: I am graduating a semester early in December of 2013, and this class sounded B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


Life After COLLEGE…

Josh Shipley (’01), a vice president at Independent Bank and CBU trustee, teaches a “Life After College” course about budgetmaking and creating a savings plan.

Top Under 40 and < 30 Congratulations to CBU’s alums who were named to the Memphis Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” Class of 2012. The special edition of the journal honors 40 young professionals who have made significant contributions to Memphis’ growth and well-being through their business endeavors and charitable actions. • Adrian Baskin is a human resources business strategist at FedEx Express. • Leanne McQuown is vice president of development at the Orpheum Theatre. • Desiree Lyles Wallace is an employee relations consultant at McKesson Corp. Kudos also to three even younger CBU alums who were selected to The Memphis Flyer’s “20 < 30” Class of 2013, a list of 20 young Memphians who are shaping the city’s future. • Stephanie Bennett (’07) is executive director of Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services. • Chris Peterson (’10) is executive director of GrowMemphis. • Jermel “Ziggy” Tucker (’07) is a fashion and portrait photographer. 20 20

BE ELL LL TOWE TOWER R fall fall 2013 2013 B

Anne Hotze (’01), senior executive assistant at First Horizon National Corporation, teaches students about credit scores, credit cards, and credit reports.

Maria Lensing (’01, MEM ’07), vice president of Signature Client Group at AT&T, teaches a “Life After College” class on how to remain Lasallian after leaving CBU.

like just what I needed. I am most looking forward to the financial component of the course, especially the student loan part. I want to know how to go about paying down my loans. If I am employed, do they take a certain amount out of my paycheck? I just want to hear the facts versus the myths; I want to learn how I can save money, too. Burke: When we first offered the course, we realized that the financial component was too short. Students had so many questions! This year, we had to make the sessions longer. Instead of 50, this year we’ll have 75-minute meetings and hope to have enough time for more questions and answers.

young alumni, which makes them extremely valuable as course instructors. They are very relatable to the students; they know what it’s like to have graduated from CBU. Their advice is very current and practical. Bridges: I am teaching the “First 90 Days on the Job” class. I feel very strongly about it because while you are a student and while you are looking for a job, all your focus is centered on finding a job. But, to me, there is so much more involved in becoming successful professionally. Most students don’t know that those first three months on the job are often considered a probation period where you can just be let go from your job if it’s not working out for your employer. So, in the class I talk about the need to have very high expectations every time you meet someone, nobody is too high or too low, everyone is very important in the workplace. Those first 90 days are critical! Guyton: I am really excited about the format of the course. At other universities, you can take a webinar or online course, but this is truly unique. Not only are you getting all this information, but you also get to network with alumni. And you are getting so much valuable material for absolutely free! n

Why did you decide to get CBU alumni involved in the class? Bridges: When I graduated, I had intended to live at home and didn’t even think about looking for my own place. But then, two or three months in, I had to leave. I was very unprepared and had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know what questions to ask, I was very scared. I am excited to be a part of this class and help students who are about to go through that very similar experience. Burke: It’s great that the teachers are all

CBU Career Services Offers New Programs our outstanding CBU Alumni.


As the new Director of Career Services at CBU, I would like to take this opportunity to make the CBU community aware of some exciting new programs and initiatives that Career Services will be rolling out in 2013. n Multiple Career Services Advisory Boards will be developed in order to provide Career Services staff with insight into the needs of employers, alumni, students, and faculty, as well as act as a sounding board with new and existing programs in Career Services. As we begin a new chapter in Career Services at CBU, the input and feedback of the CBU community will be invaluable.

career interests across majors.

n A “Careers In” Panel Series will allow students to hear from professionals in a variety of career fields in order to explore various career paths. From Law to Medicine, career panels will cover student

n Career Networking Socials will take place periodically throughout the semester as a more informal way to connect CBU Alumni with students. These socials will be organized by industry and will allow students to practice their networking skills while making worthwhile connections to

Tom Turner was inducted into the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Tom starred in CBU baseball from 1977 to 1980. He posted a 23-20 record with 253 strikeouts in 347 innings pitched. He ranks first in CBU history in wins, complete games, innings pitched, and shutouts and ranks second in strikeouts.


starred in basketball from 1978 to 1982, leading the Lady Bucs to three straight winning seasons and a 61-40 record in her four years. Statistics from her era are incomplete, but she ranks second in school history with 310 assists and scored 734 points in t he three seasons for which her scoring statistics are available.

Dennis Foley runs the literary blog, Foley Speaks, which is currently seeking submissions for essays, short stories, how-tos, food reviews, travel essays, and other musings. Visit www.foleyspeaks. com to see the type of material he’s looking for (humor is always welcome) and submit your material to Dennis also came to CBU as part of the CBU Readers Series to share selected readings from his second book, The Drunkard’s Son, in March.

Emily Sawyer Greer has been appointed to the CBU Board of Trustees. A human resources senior executive with more than 25 years of experience, Emily was recently named chief of staff for ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Patricia Ann Plunk was inducted into the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Patricia starred in basketball from 1980 to 1984. She scored 1,175 points with 293 rebounds and 217 assists. She ranks fourth in school history in points per game, ninth in total points, and 12th in assists. All of her teams posted winning records, including a 23-3 record and the VSAC West crown .


Steve Dunavant, senior managing director of CBIZ MHM Thompson Dunavant and CBU trustee, was featured in the January 4 edition of Memphis Business Journal for his addition of consulting services to meet the demands of his clients. Jana Lee Jones was inducted into the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Jana





Jim Killeen was inducted into the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Jim starred for the Bucs

n The Winter/Spring Break Externship Program is designed to provide students with a realistic view of a career field while helping them clarify their career interests during the academic winter and spring breaks. An externship is a short-term (one day to one week) experience in which students shadow and observe a “day in the life” of a professional. Simultaneously, Alumni Externship Sponsors will have the chance to build relationships with students and develop future interns and full-time employees. The Externship Program is a no-cost way for CBU alumni to help current students prepare for a successful career future. I look forward to working with the CBU community in 2013. Please contact me at if you are interested in learning more or if you have any other questions or suggestions. n

in the basketball from 1981 to 1985. He scored 1,639 points to go with 566 rebounds, 239 assists, and 73 steals. He led CBU to three straight winning records, including a 25-10 mark and the VSAC championship. The 25 wins are still tied for the most in a season in school history. Larry C. Barton was inducted into the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Larry starred in baseball from 1984 to 1986, setting CBU records for stolen bases and triples in the process. For his career, he hit .362 with 187 hits, 174 runs, 128 stolen bases, 121 walks, and 93 runs batted in. He also holds single-season records with 69 runs as a senior and 48 stolen bases as a sophomore.


Kyle Baltz was named an at-large member of the National Peanut Board for Arkansas by the United States Department of Agriculture.

’87 ’88

Lynn Lanigan was among the finalists for Memphis Business Quarterly’s “CEO of the Year.” BE ELL LL TOWE TOWER R fall fall 2013 2013 B

21 21




B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


On a dreary February afternoon my email is aflutter. One after another, Facebook notifications flood in, followed up by incredulous emails and phone-calls. Did they really…? Oh, yes. They did. They did the Harlem Shake.

There is Karen Conway (Dean of Students) raising the roof in an old choir robe and Dr. Mario Brown (Director of Student Activities) spinning a hoolahoop. Heather Harrington (Director of Health Resources)… dancing on crutches and with a huge pumpkin on her head. Wilson Phillips from Campus Ministry also makes an appearance, in a Santa robe with his scooter appropriately decorated. Alton Wade (Director of Residence Life) is nowhere to be seen but Bucky is present, shaking it, so we’ll let you put two and two together. The Office of Student Life has filmed a response video to the now infamous internet meme of people dancing in strange constume to perfomer Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” song. As of this writing, the video has been viewed more than 1,300 times on YouTube and almost 800 times on Facebook. Student Life also issued a challenge: “OK, students,” they said. “Beat this!” Before we knew it, the Honors Program has responded with their own video, which has been viewed more than 1,600 times on Facebook and YouTube. And the Physician Assistant Studies Program took a serious medical approach… until the appearance of Angry Bird, Barney, and Scooby Doo. Over 2,000 views on YouTube thus far. Then, after a couple of false starts due to the weather and hours of coordination on Twitter, what looks like hundreds of CBU students, faculty and staff are filming a massive video in the dining hall. A camera is set up in the entrance and students are


A Capitol Social Media Experience Among those attending President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration on January 14 were Mary Catherine Hogan (Special Education ’13) and Tavares Mondrell Floyd (History & Political Science ’13). Their actual arrival in Washington culminated weeks of planning. Persevering for weeks, Tavares secured two tickets to the Inauguration from Congressman Stephen Fincher, U.S. Representative for the 8th District of Tennessee. Next, came two tickets to the Tennessee State Society Inaugural Ball secured through Courtney Hubbard, president of the Society. Tavares and Mary Catherine agreed to live-tweet their experience so that the rest of the CBU community could follow them along their adventure. They began tweeting days before they left the Memphis International Airport, and excitement built within the CBU community. So after weeks of pursuing a dream to attend the President’s Inauguration, two very excited students were bound for D.C. Calling this a phenomenal experience, Tavares and Mary Catherine traveled to Washington where they were provided housing at St. Paul’s College courtesy of the Christian Brothers, who also made sure that they had accurate directions to navigate the city. Back on campus, Mary Catherine and Tavares agreed to further share their experiences via video. In the video, they tell us a bit more about the trip of a lifetime! To see highlights of their live-tweets, take a look at: cbu-in-dc.

instructed to find a spot on the left side of Alfonso. We are about to do two takes. In Take 1, we film the portion of the video where Bucky is dancing by himself while everybody else is going about their business. In Take 2, everybody shows their wildest dance moves. There are students dancing on chairs, napkins are tossed in the air. It sounds a little bit like we have entered a zoo and, unfortunately, a couple of blond wigs are being trampled on the floor. But as soon as the music stops, all it takes is a couple of fast-moving college kids to put the whole room back in order. In a minute, there would be no sign of the

madness. How did everyone become such a pro? As silly as these video projects may seem, we are very excited about them and do everything we can to encourage and support their creation. We do that because, even though many departments throughout campus work very hard to make sure our prospective students and community partners understand what CBU is about, there is nothing quite as powerful as current students telling their own CBU stories in their very own ways. Yes, we can send letters and various types of materials telling future students we are highly ranked and provide an excellent college experience. We can, and we do. But B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


Scenes from the unposted CBU student Harlem Shake video

doesn’t that argument sound a lot more convincing when you follow-up US News & World Report data with a Facebook photo album of happy college student faces? In recent months, we have enjoyed following Tavares Mondrell Floyd (’13) and Mary Katherine Hogan (’13) on a journey of a lifetime as they traveled to DC for President Obama’s Second Inauguration and live-tweeted their experience for the entire CBU community (see “A Capitoal Social Media Experience on the previous page). We produced a short video after they returned to campus and loved hearing them gush about their joy for participating in such a historic event. “One of the amazing things about CBU and the tradition that we have here is giving back to the community and service,” said Floyd. “Brother Dominic did a wonderful job in helping us prepare for trip.” Tavares and Mary Katherine were very grateful to the President’s office and the Brothers on campus for putting them in touch with the Brothers at St. Paul’s College, who provided them with free housing. If you have ever been on Twitter, you’ve probably have seen or used a “hashtag” — a number sign (#) attached to a word or phrase. While usually associated with Twitter, they’re also common on other social media such as Instagram, Tumblr, and increasingly on Facebook. Hashtags serve as a method to link tweets from various people into a conversation and for others to search for tweets that have a common topic they may want to join. At CBU, we’ve used hashtags to engage students and alums in promoting Sofapalooza (#sofapalooza), the Kroc Center (#CBUKroc), Christmas 24

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

activities (#CBUchristmas), Alumni Weekend (#CBUAlum), and most recently Commencement (#bucs2013). The social media campaign for Commencement (still underway at this writing) enlisted the participation of the various schools and departments across campus, along with students and alumni, to coordinate and create a sense of pride and promise in our 2013 graduating class. We asked graduating seniors, “Did anything you ever dream of ever come true while you were at CBU? What do you dream of? What do you hope for?” We asked faculty and staff, “What words of wisdom do you have for the graduates to encourage them to dream big and go after their goals?” We asked alumni, “How did CBU prepare you to pursue your dreams?” And we encouraged everyone to share updates and to contribute images and stories and to hare everything with their friends.

Examples included the “Through the Arches” photo album on the School of Business Facebook page, which posted seniors’ thoughts on their experiences as business students. The School of Engineering ran a Q&A series entitled “Final Answers,” in which students shared their advice for incoming engineering students and have talked about their favorite Engineering classes. (Who knew that Chemical and Mechanical Engineers were so competitive with each other?!) We are sure that as alumni and friends of the University, none of this surprises you, but we are extremely excited about the power of social media in letting us amplify the reach of such authentic stories and have them touch future generations of Bucs and CBU supporters. As we continue to reach out to new students, we need to keep reminding ourselves that they are digital natives and therefore intrinsically

“Congratulations, Class of 2013 (#BUCS2013)” Video:

Rick Erickson has assumed a new role as global transportation product director of Syncada® from Visa. Rick manages the Syncada product line that processes, audits and pays freight invoices—whether for shipping by air, rail, truck, or ocean, as well as for other industry expenses. Dan Goodspeed has been named controller of Verified Person, a leading provider of background screening technology in Memphis. Dan has 21 years of professional accounting experience, including public accounting and for-profit corporations. Dr. Linda Snyder has been promoted to medical director of Youth Villages in Concord, NC, overseeing the psychiatric care of 403 children helped by Youth Villages’ programs in North Carolina. She previously served as a child and adolescent psychiatrist for Youth Villages’ residential programs in Memphis and community-based programs in Nashville. Pete Stark graduated from Leadership Memphis Executive Program. Cindy Travis graduated from Leadership Memphis Executive Program.


suspicious of any information that comes to them through traditional advertising and marketing materials. But they are very curious about their peers’ opinions, they trust and seek them out as authentic representations of what their CBU life might look like. We encourage you to “Like” CBU on Facebook, follow CBU on Twitter, and join the conversation! n

CBU Harlem Shake Videos

n Student Life: n Honors Program: n Physician Assistants:

A CBU Social Media Sampler n Official CBU Facebook Page: n Official CBU Twitter Account: n CBU Alumni Facebook Page: n CBU Athletics Facebook Page: n CBU Athletics Twitter Account: n School of Arts on Facebook: n School of Business on Facebook: n School of Engineering on Facebook: n Plough Library on Facebook: Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check And check back often; it’s regularly updated!

Tim Gibson, PE has joined the Memphis office of engineering and architectural firm Barge, Waggoner, Sumner, and Cannon, Inc. as project manager and senior design engineer for aviation. He brings more than 20 years of diverse engineering experience to the firm.


Brian Schaffler, with his friend Gary Gorham, bought Gorham/ Schaffler, Inc., from their fathers Charlie Schaffler and Cliff Gorham in Memphis. The company works closely with construction and design teams to create custom air conditioning systems through manufacturers like LG, Smardt, Aerofin, ClimateCraft and a long list of others. They also own its sister company, GS Automation. Christy Smith recently self-published a novel, The First Mrs. Rochester and Her Husband. Anyone interested in more details is welcome to find her on Facebook under her pen name, M. C. Smith.


Louis F. (“Bo”) Allen Jr. has been appointed to the CBU’s Board of Trustees. Bo is the executive vice president and manager of Commercial Banking at First Tennessee Bank. Mauricio Calvo was selected as one of The Commercial Appeal’s “12 Who Made a Difference for 2012.” Mauricio, director of Latino Memphis, was recognized as a point man for the Spanishspeaking community. Greg Emerick has been promoted to the position of technical project leader at Cummins, Inc. In this role he will serve as the chief engineer responsible for the design and development of one of the company’s nextgeneration diesel engine programs. Greg earned a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2009. Greg and his wife, Janie, and their two children currently reside in Columbus, IN. Marshall Hollis graduated from the Leadership Memphis FastTrack Program.


Dr. Michael Cole joined OB/GYN Associates, a practice that’s been serving the Cookeville, TN and Upper Cumberland community for more than 40 years. Michael received his doctorate from UT’s College of Medicine in Memphis.


Yancy Villa-Calvo (also MBA ’03, MAT ’13) presented “Carry On,” an exhibition of her new paintings, at the offices of Latino Memphis and the YMCA in September and October 2012. She was also selected along with five other artists to replicate a masterpiece from the Memphis Brooks Museum at the museum’s “Great Chalk Art Festival” in March (pictured below). Check out Yancy’s paintings at


A. Heath Abshure was recently promoted to president of the North American Securities Administrators Association.


B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


In his courageous battle with cancer, former Buccaneer cross country runner WILL STEELE (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;98) explored his resolve to continue running, his mortality, and his faith in God.


B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

“I’m given today, I’m going to do what I can with it and see what happens. I’ve accepted that I’ve got something and it’s probably going to get me in the end, but it doesn’t have me today. I’m going to keep going and see how far I can get.” — Will Steele (’98), writing about his incurable cancer in October 2012


(This article is adapted and reprinted with permission from “Celebrating The Life of Will Steele aka ‘the cancer guy’” at


ILL STEELE HAS RUN HIS last mile. The 36-year-old married father of three lost his battle with cancer on Christmas Eve, 2012. Will became an inspiration to countless thousands when he began posting on last year under the hopeful moniker of “the used to be cancer guy,” chronicling his attempt to train and battle cancer in the thread, “Here’s to breaking 20 for 5k (à la EddyLee).” Will started the thread by posting he ran two miles in 36:48. That’s an 18-minute mile for those of you who struggle with math. Never has a runner with slower times posted his or her training on, and never has there been a bigger inspiration. When the diagnosis got even bleaker for Will, he switched his moniker back to “the cancer guy” and continued posting and trying to run or walk. When he no longer could walk, he switched to trying to do push-ups. Will talked in the frankest terms both on LetsRun and on Facebook about his diagnosis, dying, his hopes, his fears, and much, much more. Some of it was very, very heavy stuff. By doing so, Will taught us not so much about death, but what it means to truly live. You are going to die. I am going to die. That much is certain. Until I met Will Steele for the first and only time, I liked to Opposite: Will Steele with his wife, Kerri, and children Emma, Page, and Liam. PHOTO COURTESY OF KERRI STEELE

From Nicole and Andrew Urbanski (’98): It is often said the environment at Christian Brothers University is like a family. We have said this ourselves, and would go further to say that participating on a sports team at CBU is similar to being a member of a close-knit family. This was our experience in 1994 when CBU added men’s and women’s cross country teams, and we were fortunate enough to be members. Our team spent nearly every weekend in the fall season traveling and competing at meets across the Mid-South.  As a newly added program, the team’s budget was small. Few runners received scholarship money, and our “equipment” was essentially a pair of shoes to train in and a pair to race in.  It was simple.  It was fun.  And the athletes in this family were dedicated. It would be difficult to find a more dedicated cross country runner from those first years than Will Steele.  While we were all athletes, Will took the sport quite seriously.  Then again, Will took most things seriously.  Certainly this helped earn him a double major degree with honors from CBU.  This helped him earn Gulf South Conference First Team honors in 1998. And it helped him establish a reputation for individual effort, matched only by his support on and off the course for his fellow teammates and friends. In the spring of 2005, Will was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT), an aggressive form of cancer. Supporting Will in the fight for his life has brought back many fond memories of college and time we spent with him. Seeing his struggles through his blogs and Facebook posts, one can’t help but think of Will’s approach to a race. Despite the pain his body surely felt, he pressed on.  Always a competitor, Will was racing his all. 

pretend it wasn’t going to happen to me. I was aware of Will’s thread on LetsRun. com, but didn’t read much of it, because if I’m being honest, I didn’t like thinking too much about my own mortality. After meeting Will and his family for roughly two hours in October, I saw what it means to be alive, to live life like it’s meant to be lived. Will’s honesty, frankness, and grace were impressive. I’m not sure how to eulogize a man I’ve only met once, yet who was able to inspire me more than many I’ve met hundreds of times. Hopefully by letting his own words speak for themselves. • • • • • • “I might be thinking differently, but I have

to accept I am basically at the end of my options. In other words, I need to begin accepting and preparing to die. This is a weird place. I never thought about what death would actually look like, much less, like this. Having to tell your boss, thank you for the opportunity, but I must now leave work to go and never come back. Telling my kids I can’t play with them because if I get an infection it could kill me. Essentially having to systematically and methodically close up shop and prepare to depart. Man, what a weird scenario! We have a little time to decide, yet even if I do therapy and it does work, the same message stands as did before: this is incurable, and, now, is twice as deadly since it’s in two bodily B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


The 1996 Buccaneer cross country team: (front row) Robert Blake, Stephen Kamaru, Brad Navarre, Shawn Williams, Davis Nahlen; (back row) Coach Hollenbeck, Cedric Cooper, Andrew Urbanski, WILL STEELE, Jason Allmon, Jonathan Pennington, John Raacke systems. Not sure if I’ll ever walk or run again. My body just aches more and more these days. Walking is painful. Breathing is hard. And, the thought of running is frightening.” — Will Steele, posting on July 31, 2012

• • • • • •

“Earlier this year I started a new thread to record my progress towards getting back into running shape. I wanted to try and see if I could run 20 minutes for five kilometers and figured I’d track my return to fitness for other cancer survivors to see. Now, I started this thread before I relapsed and before my bones really started failing me, so, it was really with the hope of becoming a competitive runner again. After a few months I got a random email from a guy named Ken Martin regarding cancer and exercise. As it turned out, Ken is a former elite distance runner who still is passionate about the sport and, having developed cancer himself, began to research the benefits of exercise and cancer.” — from Will’s blog, October 2012

• • • • • •

“Do whatever you want, we’re just going to 28

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

give you drugs.” — Will Steele, talking about the advice he was given by his cancer doctors about exercise.


think it is fair to say Will was frustrated with his cancer treatment, as he was left searching for many answers himself. A super-fit man by the standards of normal society, yet he was treated by the cancer doctors like a sedentary couch potato? Does that make any sense? It does not take a scientific degree to understand that running helped Will in his battle with cancer. The goal setting, the routine, pushing your body to do what seems out of reach. Will had done this all his life, he was a runner. Running was not something he did, it was part of who he was. Just from reading his posts, one sees that continuing to be a runner, even when he could barely walk, helped Will in his cancer fight, at the very least helped him keep up the fight. Will and Ken both had been left to search on their own for what they could and should do in terms of exercise while

battling cancer. Self-coaching as an athlete isn’t the easiest thing to do. Now throw on top of it chemotherapy and, in Will’s case, a day-long surgery in 2011 that removed 268 tumors. Exercise at the very least can limit muscle wasting while undergoing chemo and can limit some of the damage to the heart from the chemo drugs. That much appears to be known. Will and Ken both believe it can do a lot more. But a lot is unknown. Ken noted that exercise science has progressed a lot in the last few decades, but exercise science as how it relates to cancer treatment is still in its infancy. “Can you use exercise to improvement the treatment and will more people have better survival? That hasn’t really been investigated,” said Ken Martin. • • • • • •

“I did a mile on Wednesday in just over 26 minutes. For me, that’s pretty good. I really thought it was going to take me about 40 minutes. Plus, that day, I was not taking pain meds, so I was short stepping and achy. Not the best conditions for a ‘stroll.’ I could tell my

heart rate was pretty elevated (maybe 150160bpm) at that pace, but, I figure, if nothing else, it could help stimulate some blood cell production. Positive stress on the system. Hopefully, if I keep at it I can get a little better before things slip again… I really want to start doing at least a mile a day if I can help it. Let’s say 30 minutes a day, bare minimum, seven days a week. That’d give me a good 3.5-4 hours of aerobic activity. Add on top of that some weight lifting and stretching and I think I’ll see positive benefits in a few weeks. At least, that’s my hope.” — “The cancer guy,” posting on November 16, 2012.

• • • • • • ill Steele was a runner. He may have posted on July 31 about no longer being a runner, but he was a runner until the very end. Even if his final post about his own training on November 22 was about walking, he was a runner. On, I don’t think there is a better compliment you could give someone. In high school, Will started out as a 19-minutes-for-two-miles guy. Thanks to two 1,000 mile summers (that’s more than ten miles a day as a high schooler), he ended up as a 16-minutes-for-threemiles guy. His coach in high school was Pete Boudreaux, who would become the 2010 USATF Gill Athletics Coach of the Year. Pete’s expertise did not stop Will from searching for more answers and inquiring about Ken Martin coaching him via fax. In college, Will ran at Christian Brothers University. After college, Will was a 15-minute 5ker and 33-minute 10k guy. Now facing what proved to be terminal cancer, Will could take pride in 26-minute miles, and the rest of us were inspired. Just as a life is not judged by how many years it lasts, Will reminded us a runner is ultimately not defined by their PRs (personal records). • • • • • •


“I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs. I run… What in the world are you talking about?” -Will Steele, recounting what he was thinking when told he was diagnosed with cancer

• • • • • • asked him why there wasn’t more anger and outrage, and Will made it clear that anger and outrage wouldn’t improve what little time he had left. The reality is we are all facing certain death. For the fortunate ones among us, that death is further down the road, but talk to someone facing an


W Will Steele on Being Fit & Diagnosed with Cancer, His Battle, and Living Life Will Steele Talks About How He Met Ken Martin, His Cancer, and His Running Will Steele aka the Cancer Guy Talks About Exercise & WorkOut Cancer

early death, or their loved ones, and you get a real different perspective quickly. • • • • • • Will Steele, writing on about his faith in God:

“Does that make God any less holy? If I am to be honest, no, it doesn’t….Who wants to think I’ll get incurable cancer at 33 and never see my kids grow up? As someone who tries to see God as a benevolent being, presuming things like that is not near the top of the list. But, when realities like that arise, it doesn’t necessarily invalidate claims like ‘God is good.’ As I see it, the truth is so infinitely more complex than that, we as people fail to grasp the numbers of ways things can go wrong and theological answers still hold true. Does it mean I am all happy about it? No, I am a bitter, pissed-off dude. But, is it reason to abandon my faith? Again, if I am honest, no.”

• • • • • •

“God taps us on the shoulder all the time, and we are often too busy to even notice. Imagine if we heard all the little shoulder taps. There is something awesome about living a fully spiritual life to which no action movie could compare. When everything you do was sparked by some improbably, unlikely, or impossible event and suddenly, you wake up one day, realizing you have been alive a year-and-a-half longer than the doctors told you would, and you are in touch with people from every corner of the earth sharing this story people couldn’t even dream up if they tried. Yeah, I could reject God (I have at times only to come back) at all this, but, life is just so much more awesome with him in it than without him.”

ill Steele was a believer in God, and he wrote honestly about his faith. Incurable cancer in his mid-30s did not diminish Will’s faith. It made him question what it means to believe and what his relationship with God was, but not to abandon his faith. Facing death, Will saw the beauty in life. Life was a gift from God that should not be wasted. n MORE ONLINE: “Here’s to breaking 20 for 5k (à la EddyLee)” This is the thread where Will started posting his journey on “Faith, Rationality and the Unknown” Will Steele’s blog where he dealt honestly with faith, cancer, and more.

The William Steele Scholarship at Christian Brothers University AN ENDOWMENT has been set up in Will’s name at Christian Brothers University. The William Steele Scholarship is being set up to honor Will and to benefit freshman runners at CBU who have shown courage, determination, and strong moral character throughout their life. “Will’s passion for running, his strength of faith and body throughout his battle with cancer, and our love for a “family” member has prompted us to work with CBU to establish the Will Steele Cross Country Endowment Program,” wrote Nicole and Andrew Urbanski. “The endowment will provide ongoing program funding to the cross country team at CBU. It is being established to honor a true competitor.  Will was a remarkable person with strength, both physical and spiritual, that was tested every day.” Contact Stephen Kirkpatrick, Director of Development, at sk or (800) 283-2925 for details on how to contribute to the scholarship.

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


Dr. Rusty Rodriguez completed his medical school and residency training at LSU in New Orleans in internal medicine and pediatrics in 2008. He completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital / Texas Heart Institute and a supplemental year of training in adult congenital heart disease in 2012. He has recently joined the Sibley Heart Center Cardiology group at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine where he will be an assistant professor in internal medicine and pediatrics. His specialties are adult congenital heart disease and pediatric cardiology.


Julia Hanebrink is an assistant professor of anthropology at Rhodes College and continues to manage the NIH-funded Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program at CBU. Julia is working on her PhD in Anthropology with a concentration in Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights from the University of Tennessee. Maria Lensing was promoted to vice president of the Signature Client Group for AT&T, serving Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Florida. She also has been appointed to the board of directors of DeNeuville Learning Center. Maria and her husband, Brad, also welcomed a new son, Austin Gabriel Lensing, on October 9, 2012. Maria was also honored as the recipient of the R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumna Award at CBU in March. Andrew Menezes has been appointed to the board of directors of DeNeuville Learning Center in Memphis. Jessica Morgan defended her PhD thesis at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in November. Tarasha Payne has joined Fulton CPAs PLLC in Memphis as a senior accountant in the areas of taxation, compilation and reviews, and client services. Shemon Reaves, former Buccaneer basketball player, has been named the new girls basketball coach at North Side High School in Jackson, TN.


Dave Perera defended his PhD thesis at Auburn University in Fisheries Science in December. Analice Sowell (also MAT ’05) shared her knowledge of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) with the Tennessee Association of County Mayors at Cook



B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

Convention Center in Memphis in October. Analice spoke about her experience with AEDs and teaching safety programs, and offered personal reflections on the importance of installing the devices in schools and public places. The quick use of an AED saved her father’s life in 2006, when he went into cardiac arrest while at work. Analice has spearheaded the installation of nine AEDs at Memphis University School, where she is a science instructor, and she has trained more than 40 faculty and staff members in AEDs and other procedures.


Brian Fitzgerald is now working for General Electric Energy as field accountant

Tracie Duckett-Stephens began working as MEDDAC’s patient advocate at Guthrie Clinic in Fort Drum, NY in July. As a nine-year U.S. Navy veteran and now Army Family Member, she understands the military culture very well. Her mission and commitment is to ensure that MEDDAC is doing their best for the soldiers and their families! Grady T. Harbor III has become a dual enrollment faculty member. Grady will be teaching Spanish at CBHS. Trevor Stedke has been named vice president of technical services for Southwest Airlines. Ttevor comes to Southwest from Federal Express, where he served for 15 years in progressively responsible positions, culminating in his role as the managing director of Aircraft Engineering Planning and Performance.


Jacob Bazeley captured second place in Event 2 of the World Series of Poker, a $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament, good for $322,294. Bazeley, who has 31 career cashes (eight at the WSOP), started playing poker in college while on the basketball team at CBU. Taylor Bland started a new job in May 2012 as an account manager at Oden, a marketing firm in downtown Memphis. She was also married on June 16, 2012. Chris Crawford has accepted an offer from UnitedHealthcare to become an account executive for the West Tennessee market. Chris will have the responsibility to deliver affordable, quality healthcare solutions to large employers. Scot McMinn graduated from the Leadership Memphis FastTrack Program. Melody Nabors was honored with the 2012


Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the CBU Community Convocation in August. The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/ her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Melody is the CBU Registrar. Kelley Ward has begun training as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Union University in Jackson, TN. Ashley Miller and Josh Dohmen were married on June 23, 2012 at Bartlett United Methodist Church with a reception at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Ann M. Perry-Anderson was promoted from senior process engineer at Albert City Valero Renewables to engineering manager at Hartley Valero Renewables in Iowa. Jennifer Paxson Saputra published a paper on “Histopathological and Postoperative Behavioral Comparison of Rodent Oral Tongue Resection: Fiber-Enabled CO2 Laser versus Electrocautery” in the April 24, 2012 edition of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Jerad Schultz completed the National Alliance of Wound Care’s wound care certification (WCC). It is nationally accredited and required passing a national board exam. Dan Springer left his position as Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s executive assistant to become director of communications for Evolve Bank & Trust. Before serving in Luttrell’s office, he worked in U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s office as a legislative correspondent. As communications director for Evolve, Springer will oversee the company’s communications and marketing strategies as well as community and government relations.


Jeffery Hall started a new role with his employer, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, as the director of extension. In this role, he will set and oversee the organization’s growth initiatives while overseeing the two coordinators of extension. Included with this position, he will maintain the duties of a regional director, servicing colleges and universities across the states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and southern Illinois. Rachel Hartsell received her national certification for orthotics and prosthetics, and is now a CPO at Spears Prosthetics and Orthotics in Memphis. Dr. Jordon Klein is currently doing a


Pharmacy residency in pediatrics at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY. Kyle Markway married Jess Matthews on October 27, 2012, in Knoxville, where they live. Kyle graduated from UTHSC with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 and currently works for TriState Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Jacksboro, TN. He is the clinical director managing two clinics for Summit Medical Group. Hannah Shackelford recently had her lab coat ceremony at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.


Elizabeth Gaia is the account/ production manager for Paradigm Marketing and Creative in Memphis.

Houston in June 2012. She also received an Outstanding Abstract Award. Stephanie Johnson had her white coat ceremony at the Southern College of Optometry in October 2012. Amanda Pitt-Reed graduated in May 2012 with her MA in History, concentration in

Public History, from Middle Tennessee State University. She is employed as the museum assistant at Davies Manor Plantation in Bartlett, TN, and is an adjunct instructor in the CBU Department of History & Political Science.

baby bucs

Navin Prabhu (above) graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, focusing in digital signal processing.

Shay Bennett Carter (’02) and her husband, Bryan Carter, are pleased to announce the birth of a baby girl, EVANGELINE GRACE CARTER, on May 10, 2012. Her big brothers, Thatcher and Weller, are so excited. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Larkin Gieringer Myers (’99) and James Myers (’06) welcomed ROXANNE LEIGH MYERS on June 8, 2012. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Chris Masterson (’01) and his wife, Jen, are pleased to announce the birth of EMMA ROSE MASTERSon on June 13, 2012. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Samantha Almanza was the recipient of the Lewis University Service Recognition Award for December 2012. Sam was nominated for her affability, friendliness and impressive service, as well as her enthusiastic assistance to the Lewis University community She graduated from Lewis in May with an MA in Organizational Leadership/Higher Education-Student Services. Kären Brandon is pursuing an MS in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration at Mississippi State University. Kären has been granted an assistantship with the MSU Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Burton Bridges has been appointed to the board of directors of DeNeuville Learning Center in Memphis. Boris de Souza earned a master’s degree in computer science, specializing in human computer interaction, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Boris is currently the lead designer and frontend engineer at a Y Combinator backed startup called Cardpool. com in San Francisco. Melody Allensworth-James received the prestigious Presidential Poster Competition Award at the Endocrine Society Meeting in

Rachel New Schelb (’07) and her husband, Andy Schelb, welcomed REED KEVIN SCHELB into the world on June 21, 2012. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Erica Sage Pitts (’06) and Hank Pitts (’05) welcomed SETH MICHAEL PITTS into the world on July 5, 2012. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Dr. Rusty Rodriguez (’00) and his wife, Krystin, became new parents of a baby girl, CLAIRE RODRIGUEZ, in August 2012. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Katherine Lyons Maurin (’04) and her husband, John, welcomed CELESTE AUDREY MAURIN on September 28,


2012. Celeste joins big sister, Elise. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Jennifer Longo Allen (’05) and Lee Allen (’05) welcomed their first child, RYAN DENNIS ALLEN, into the world on November 19, 2012. Ryan weighed 8 lbs., 7 oz. and measured 20.5 inches. They are both very excited to be parents. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Jeffery Hall (’07) and his wife, Mary, welcomed their daughter, ELIZA GRACE HALL, on January 14, 2013. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

NICHOLAS CLAYTON VIOTTI was born on January 19 to proud parents Karen Viotti (’02) and Pete Viotti (’02), who met while they were both students at CBU. Nicholas weighed in at 7 lbs., 11 oz. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Rena and Chris Fay (‘98) welcomed baby girl, JOSEPHINE MARIA FAY, on February 2, 2013. Josephine weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz., and joins five big brothers and sisters! B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


BELL TOWER GALA On the heels of its 140th birthday and in celebration of that rich history, CBU presented its inaugural Bell Tower Gala on November 17, 2012 at the Memphis Hilton Hotel. More than 600 persons attended the exclusive formal event honoring CBU’s presidents—in particular, the University’s six living past presidents—Brother Terence McLaughlin, Brother Malcolm O’Sullivan, Brother Bernard LoCoco, Brother Michael McGinniss, Brother Stanislaus Sobczyk, and H. Lance

Forsdick Sr.

The Gala provided guests an opportunity to celebrate the continuing Lasallian tradition while enjoying fine dining, cocktails and the chance to mingle with CBU luminaries past and present. At the end of the evening, more than $180,000 had been raised for student scholarships and academic programs. Presenting Sponsors for the gala were FedEx Corporation, the Gadomski Family Foundation, and Robert and Paula McEniry, with a Platinum Sponsorship provided by the Donna & Dave Nelson Family Foundation.

Pete Aviotti and Bishop J. Terry Steib

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., Br. Stan Sobczyk, Br. Michael McGinniss, Br. Malcolm O’Sullivan, Lance Forsdick (’61), Br. Bernard LoCoco, and Br. Terence McLaughlin


Dr. Smarrelli, Robert McEniry, Taylor Tartera (’13) , Thaddeus Williams (’13), and Richard Gadomski (’62) 32

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


Black Tie. Red Carpet. T H E S E C O N D A N N UA L



NOVEMBER 9, 2013


presenting the


in honor of his historic leadership role in the first integrated high school in Memphis 50 years ago and in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Procolamation.


Mission Manager in the Technology Demonstration Missions Program Office at NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center


Vice President for Commercial Lending at Independent Bank, CBU Trustee, and Past President of the National Alumni Board

For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Karen Viotti at (901) 321-3270 or All proceeds from the Bell Tower Gala will support the exceptional academic programs and scholarships at CBU. B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON CBU hosted its annual Scholarship Luncheon on February 21, 2013 to recognize our scholarship donors and to introduce them to the students who are the recipients of their generosity. Alumnus and trustee Jim Reber (’82) addressed the gathering, joined by current student Tanner Sandel (’16). Please see the inside front cover of this issue for information on the reduced contribution requirements for establishing endowments for scholarships at CBU.

Denise Garibaldi Reber (’82) and Jim Reber (’82) with Taylor Seaman (’15)

Mitch Graves (’83) and Kelly Jo Graves with Tyler Stranburg, Catherine DelBove, Kyle McLarty, and Justin White.

Tanner Sandel (’16)

Willis H. Willey with Gabriela Quiroz, William Gillaspie, Nicholas Picou, Caitlin Terry , Chawan Rasheed, and Veronica Virgen 34

B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


LEGACY SOCIETY A Tradition Made New BY K A R E N V I OT T I ( ’ 0 2 )

One of the best things about CBU is the sense of family among students, faculty, alumni, and, of course, the Brothers. The CBU family learns together, serves together and celebrates together. We also know that we are a part of the Lasallian family, which stretches across the globe with over 900,000 students in 80 countries.

The Volpe Legacy: Lauren (’84), Paul (’84), and Cameron (’13)

Catherine (’13) and Helen DelBove (’80)

Edward III (’13) and Edward Powell Jr. (’87)

As an alumna, I am proud to be a part of this family, and to follow in the footsteps of members of my own family who have made a CBU education our tradition. My grandfather, Clayton Cargile, graduated with a business degree in 1951, and my uncle, Rick Cargile, graduated with a degree in chemical engineering in 1982. Having met my husband, Pete Viotti, at CBU as well, it is our hope that we can continue the legacy with our children, and teach them the Lasallian values of faith, service, and community that we cherish. Each year during Commencement, the Office of Advancement hosts the Legacy Dinner, which honors graduating students whose family members are also alums. We celebrate these families who have found lasting value in their CBU education and have chosen to affirm their faith in this University by sending the next generation to us.

Adam (’13) and Thomas Thornton (’86)

Lauren (’13) and Nancy Jo D’Surney (‘01)

Dana (’12) and Bennie Donelson (’76)

This year, we established a new tradition: the Legacy Society pinning ceremony. Family members who are alums were given a pin that is a token of inclusion in the Legacy Society. Engraved on the pin are the words Signum Fidei, meaning “Sign of Faith.” It is a symbol of a multigenerational commitment to the Lasallian spirit of Christian Brothers University. We hope to build on this tradition to recognize the many families whose love for CBU has been passed down to their children. If you would like your family to be included in next year’s Legacy Society ceremony, please contact Wendy SumnerWinter, Senior Director of Stewardship and Donor Engagement, at or (901) 321-3271. B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


COMMENCEMENT 2013 Commencement Week kicked off this year with a Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reception on May 9 for friends and benefactors of CBU, at which a portrait of the late Dr. Rose Deal was unveiled (at right) by President Smarrelli, Board Chairman Robert McEniry, and portraitist Jason Bouldin. The Baccalaureate Prayer Service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on May 10 honored Ruby R. Wharton, attorney and First Lady of the City of Memphis, with the Bishop Carroll T. Dozier Award for Peace and Justice. The Commencement Ceremony, held on May 11 at Signaigo Field, marked the graduation of more than 430 undergraduate and graduate students. The graduates were addressed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr. and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, both of whom received honorary doctorates in public service.

Golden Jubilarians from the Class of 1963: (back row) Neal Okerblom, Bill Moss, Ray Oschger, John Mele; (front row) Neil Mermelstein, Melvin Kapell, and Tom Doss Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut amidst the Class of 2013


B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

Baccalaureate Prayer Service at Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Ruby R. Wharton

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr., and President Smarrelli


B E LL TOWE R fall 2013


Caitlin Ashley is in the School of Community Medicine in the Physician Assistant Program at Oklahoma University in Tulsa. Jessica Hinds Beard has been accepted into the PhD program at Vanderbilt. She will be working with Dr. Tonia Rex. Jennifer Johnson received a master’s degree in Biomedical Science from Midwestern University in Spring 2012. Mallori Ann (Poff) Loughridge and Scott T. Loughridge were married in February. Mallori is currently a nurse working at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in the ICU. Raellyn Pirtle had her white coat ceremony for veterinary school at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.


Elizabeth Beebe and Daniel Longo were married in December, 2012. Mary Jane Dickey Gibbs had her white coat ceremony for medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Dominique Garcia-Robles had her white coat ceremony at the Southern College of Optometry.


Brandon Maharrey had his white coat ceremony for medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Hanna Orendorff is currently working at Lake Sammamish Physical Therapy in Issaquah, WA. Joe Alfonso spent last summer doing ecological research in the Colorado Rockies with Dr. Scott Franklin from the University of Northern Colorado. Joe started work on an MS in Entomology at North Dakota State University beginning at the end of January. Ethan Clapp is a corporate process control engineer at the AOC World Headquarters in Collierville, TN. Seth Cline is enrolled in the University of North Alabama MBA Program, pursuing his degree in Project Management. He also started a new job at the Tennessee Valley Authority Credit Union (TVACU) in Florence, AL. They are also paying for his MBA! Justin Davis is attending graduate school at Arkansas Tech University. Scott Dennis is playing professional basketball with the Paderborn Finke Baskets in Germany.


Steven Denton is attending graduate school at Georgetown University Law Center. Justin Edwards was accepted into the CBU MAT program. He plans to teach chemistry and biology at either the middle school or high school level. Amanda Fitzgerald and Mario Belliver were married on September 1, 2012, in Austin, TX. Amanda is currently working on a PhD in marine environmental toxicology at the University of Texas in Austin. Mario graduated from LaSalle in Barcelona, Spain, with an MS in industrial engineering. Maverick Ford is an inside sales engineer at Experitec, Inc. Catherine Gluszek had her white coat ceremony for medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Catherine received the Neuroscience Merit Fellowship in the summer of 2011 and continued working in Dr. Scott Heldt’s laboratory until she entered medical school. Austin Gooch is a quality manager at Aerobic Cruiser Hybrid Cycles, LLC. Andrew Greenop is a project engineer at Diversified Conveyors, Inc. Tarris Greer is a civil structural engineer at Thomas & Betts. Michael Hankins is enrolled in Podiatry

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LASALLIAN FELLOWS CLASS OF 2013: (pictured above, l-r) Lauryn Murphy (Biology ’13), Taylor Tartera (English for Corporate Communication ’13), John Blount (Religion & Philosophy ’13), benefactor Joyce Mollerup, Cameron Volpe (Biology 13), William Zachary (Chemical Engineering ’13), and President John Smarrelli. The Lasallian Fellows Program is made possible by the generosity of Ms. Mollerup, a CBU trustee, and her husband Bob Buckman. It awards $5,000 each to five members of the senior class whose scholarship, leadership, and service reflect CBU’s Lasallian values. Lasallian values include being committed to the service of the under-served, being sensitive to social and community needs, and putting faith into action. Students are nominated for this award by members of the CBU faculty and staff and selected based on the above criteria. Legacy note: Cameron is the daughter of Paul Volpe (’84) and Lauren McCabe Volpe (’84). 38 38

LLTOWE TOWERRfall fall2013 2013 BBEELL


The CBU Nursing Program celebrated the graduation of its first cohort RN to BSN class with a convocation on December 9 in the University Theater. Nineteen nurses were honored at the historic ceremony, marking the first recipients of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at CBU. School at Barry University in Miami. Morgan Alexandra Harrell is a process engineer at W. M. Barr and Company. Shanandria Jackson is employed by United Allergy Services as a certified clinical allergist. In this position she conducts tests for the 48 most common airborne allergens. The corporate headquarters is in San Antonio, TX. Max Karimnia is a digital media quality assurance manager at Signature Advertising & Marketing Solutions. Justin King conducted research with MHIRT at the University of Sao Paulo with Dr. Christina Joselevitch in the department of experimental psychology. He investigated the effect of intravitreal injection of acyclovir to control herpes simplex retinitis. Veronica Love is attending law school at the University of Maryland. She is also acting as a Maryland Law Ambassador, which is similar to a CBU Presidential Ambassador. Laura Mason and Greg Garniss were married on October 6, 2012 in Ocean Springs MS. Steven Menezes was recognized by the CBU Electrical & Computer Engineering Department as the Featured Electrical and Computer Engineering Student during National Engineers Week 2012. Michelle Metzger (MEd ‘13, second-year LANCE teacher) was awarded the Sister Elizabeth Ann Seaton Award for Innovation in the Classroom at the Memphis Diocesan in-service in October. Michelle is currently teaching at Our Lady of Sorrows School. Sharlene Mickens was promoted to unit leader in the leadership level of AVON to guide other sales representatives in earning PHOTOS BY CORY DUGAN

and growing their business. 2ndLt Scott Miller II has been assigned to his first duty station at the Marine base in Quantico, VA. Keara Moore conducted a formal Internship at Buckman International in Memphis. She worked with Dr. Marilyn Whittemore in the Chemical Technologies Group. Samantha Noland is in training to be a weld specialist/sales engineer at nexAir, Inc. Hunter Porter is a traffic engineer in training at Florence and Hutcheson, Inc. located in Hernando, MS. Kalli Powers is a product engineer at Cummins, Inc in Memphis. Raquel Edwards Stephens is an inside sales engineer at Experitec, Inc. Taylor Stinson was named the Bucs’ first Academic All-Gulf South Conference golfer since 2009 and is now attending graduate school at the University of Memphis. Johnny Timmerman is enrolled in the Baptist FEAP Scholarship program for Physical Therapy school. The scholarship covers tuition. Nick Watkins had his white coat ceremony for medical school at the University of Mississippi in Jackson. Andrew Wellman is attending graduate school at Georgia Institute of Technology. Robert Banks has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Gina Bui was awarded the Brother Alfred Moroni/Epsilon Psi Scholarship for 2012 by


the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation. Krystyna Clark has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Catherine DelBove was listed as an “Exemplary Scholarship Award Recipients” in the September/October 2012 edition of the Tennessee CPA Journal for being awarded the 2012 Paul L. Royston Scholarship Award. Catherine was also awarded a scholarship by the Educational & Memorial Foundation of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). Ivan de Souza was selected for a Minority Scholarship for 2012–2013 by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). As stated on the AICPA website: “The AICPA Minority Scholarship awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. For over four decades, this program has provided over $14.6 million in scholarships to approximately 8,000 accounting scholars.” Eric Joe climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this August. He made it to Gilman’s Peak! James Johnson has been accepted to Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Aaron Lewis and Matt Sanders won 1st Place at the 2012 Deep South Conference in the Mystery Event. They won their award by building a bridge out of Popsicle sticks and glue and using the least amount of materials for carrying the most weight. Jada Owens has been accepted to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of LLTOWE TOWERRfall fall2013 2013 BBEELL

39 39

The Physician Assistant Program made history on May 4 when it coated its first cohort, marking a rite of passage for the students from classroom instruction to clinical training. Not only was this the first PA White Coat Ceremony at CBU, but it also marks the first in Memphis. Memphis. Joy Robertson has been accepted to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis. Alex Sikes was named to the to the 2012 All-GSC First Baseball Team as a pitcher. Alex was 4-6 with a 4.37 ERA for the season and pitched 55 strikeouts against 21 walks over 68 innings in 13 starts. He posted complete-game victories over defending national champion West Florida and New Orleans. Alex was is the Bucs’ first All-GSC pitcher since 2007. Alex also was named GSC Pitcher of the Week award in March 2012 after pitching the Bucs to a 6-1 win over West Florida. He held the Argos to one run on three hits and three walks as he tossed a complete game in the seven-inning contest — and struck out a season-high nine batters in the game. He was the Bucs’ first GSC Pitcher of the Week since 2006. Adam Thornton was honored with the 2012-2013 Featured Engineering Student Award for CBU at the Engineers Week Banquet on February 19. Cameron Volpe has been accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, Class of 2017. Kanthi Akinenni (MPAS ‘14) was awarded the Neil and Pat Kilpatrick Memorial Scholarship from the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants’ PA Foundation. Jonathan Holliday was awarded an accounting scholarship by the Educational & Memorial Foundation of the Tennessee



B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jarrett Jenkins was named to the All-GSC First Baseball Team as an outfielder. Jarrett hit .336 with 27 runs, 16 stolen bases, 14 runs batted in, and seven doubles for the Bucs this season. He led the team in batting average, on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, walks, stolen bases, outfield putouts, and outfield assists. Marie Joiner was named to the All-GSC First Team for softball as a third baseman. Marie led the GSC in batting average this year, hitting .429 with 57 hits, 11 doubles, 21 runs, seven steals, and 12 runs batted in. She led the Lady Bucs in hits, doubles, runs, stolen bases, batting average, and slugging percentage. She ranked first in the GSC and 45th in the nation in batting average. John Austin Tubbs was appointed to the DeNeuville Learning Center’s board of directors. Robyn Wade won the Gulf South Conference Soccer Defender of the Week award for the period ending September 4. She made three saves each in a 2-0 win over Harding University and a 1-0 win over Tennessee Wesleyan. Robyn won the award three times last year as a freshman. Mandy Wang was awarded an accounting scholarship by the Educational & Memorial Foundation of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. Lauren Harrett became the first Lady Buc golfer in CBU history to earn a spot on the All-Gulf South Conference Team. Lauren was the Lady Bucs’


low scorer in six of their 10 tournaments this season, including all five tournaments in the spring. Lauren also participated in a three-month co-op term with Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing in Erlanger, KY. She worked in the Plant Engineering Department and specifically with the Plant and Building Planning Section. She had the opportunity to participate in three major projects during the term, including a Test Track Expansion project, a V6 engine building expansion project, and a truss reinforcement and header replacement project. Carmen Manes was named to the All-GSC Soccer First Team. She scored two goals with two assists for six points as she started all 17 games for the Lady Bucs. She scored one game-winning goal, against Tennessee Wesleyan, and she scored the game-tying goal at Delta State. Breanna Ridgell was named the GSC Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending December 13. Breanna averaged 19 points, six rebounds, and 4.5 steals on the week, highlighted by a 30-point, 11-rebound, eight-steal effort in a win at Lane College. Carolina Abbott, a current MSEM student, was promoted at IPS Corporation to Manufacturing Engineer/Continuous Improvement. She states: “I strongly feel that my hard work along with my efforts in continuing my education at CBU have landed me this promotion. CBU is a highly respected school and held in high regards amongst my co-workers.”



in memoriam May all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. ALUMNI

PAUL JOSEPH ANDREUCCETTI (’56) died March 24, 2013 in Memphis.

WILLIAM “BILL” BERNARD ANTON (’65) passed away on March 7, 2013 in Greenville, SC.

CYNTHIA CACERES BAKER (’05) passed away on February 5, 2013 in Little Rock, AR. Cynthia is survived by her husband, Lawson Baker (’07). WILLIAM THOMAS BIRDSONG (’69) passed away on February 20, 2013 in Portland, OR. DWAYNE E. BROWN (’92) died in February at Baptist Memorial Restorative Care Hospital in Memphis. Among his survivors is his brother, Michael Brown (’90).

JOHN NOLAN BREWER JR. (’59) passed away on September 7, 2012, in Frederick, MD. JOSEPH HOUSTON CASONE (’66) passed away on February 26, 2013 in Dallas, TX. JOHN ROBERT FELD (’75) died on May 29, 2013 in Kansas City, KS. LAWRENCE GUSTAV GARLING (’68) passed away on September 1, 2012 in Fairfield, NJ. EDWARD “ED” GROKULSKY (’63) died September 10, 2012 in Westwood, MA. Among his survivors are his brother Stanley Grokulsky (’76) and sister-in-law Yvonne Grokulsky (’78). EDWARD A. GYLFE SR. (’80) died on July 29, 2013 in Clearwater, FL. KENNETH DONALD HENDERSON JR. (’80) died April 24, 2013 in Knoxville, TN. MICHAEL RICHARD HERBERT (’81) passed away on March 20, 2013 in Memphis. SANDRA FAY BRIGMAN JACKSON (’87) died February 3, 2013 in Memphis. ROBERT MICHAEL KOENEMAN (’64) died on May 28, 2012 in Elmhurst, IL. ROBERT KENDALL “KEN” LAMKIN (’06, ’12) passed away August 11, 2013 in Orange Beach, AL.

WILLIAM LEGRAND “WILL” STEELE III passed away on Christmas Eve, 2012 in Frisco, TX. Please see the article on page 24. WILLIAM MICHAEL TURNER (’84) passed away on September 1, 2012 in Memphis. PAUL ADRIAN WALKER (’06) passed away November 26, 2012 in Memphis. ALEX THOMAS WARNER JR. (’73) passed away July 10, 2013 in Nashville. AUGUSTUS “GUS” WASHINGTON JR. (’75) passed away on February 17, 2013 in Memphis. JOHN MONTGOMERY WILSON (‘93) passed away in Louisville, KY on August 25, 2012.

FACULTY, STAFF & FRIENDS MARGUERITE PIAZZA BERGTHOLDT died in Memphis on August 2, 2012. CLAUDE BRAGANZA passed away on June 20, 2012 at his home in Memphis. THOMAS E. BREEN passed away on November 23, 2012 at his home in Memphis. WILLIAM L. “BILL” BURNETT JR. died on October 7, 2012 at his home in Memphis. JAMES R. CHANDLER SR. passed away June 13, 2012 in Memphis. WANDA WALLACE DUKE passed away on March 9, 2013 in Memphis. HENRY LEE FELIX passed away on November 19, 2012 in Memphis. OLIVETTE OSTERWALDER FUESS died on September 29, 2012 in Memphis. AGATHA “NAN” GALLINA died August 17, 2012 at Ave Maria Home in Bartlett, TN. MARTHA ANDERSON GATTUSO passed away on October 7, 2012 at Ave Maria Home in Bartlett, TN. THOMAS GRAVES died on July 22, 2012 in Hickory Valley, TN.

MARTHA ELLEN MCKINNEY-RICE (’97) passed away March 10, 2013 in Memphis.

MARGARET “PEGGY” RUSH GUNTHER died on August 20, 2012 in Memphis.

DESIREE “DESI” OWENS (’85) died on August 18, 2013 in Berkley, CA. JASON ALLEN PARRISH (BAL ’10) passed away on December 31, 2012 in Memphis.

TERESA JOHNSON died September 23, 2012 in Memphis.

THOMAS CHARLES PERRY SR. (’61) died December 26, 2012 in Louisville, KY. DR. PAMELA OLIVER PHILLIPS (’81) died June 12, 2013 at her home in Memphis. ROBIN MICHELLE PRUITT (’02) passed away on December 28, 2012 in Oakland, TN. ALBERT LAWRENCE RAITERI (’64) died May 20, 2012 in New Carlisle, OH. DON ALDIN ROACH (’61) passed away on July 4, 2013 in Memphis.

ROY KULP JR. passed away at his home in Memphis on November 6, 2012. THOMAS GLYNN OSWALT passed away on January 14, 2013 in Senatobia, MS. DR. CHARLES ANTHONY PANETTA died on September 23, 2012 in Memphis. HOLDEN POTTER, former employee of the CBU Advancement Office, died December 23, 2012 in Memphis. MURRAY M. TAYLOR, former Electrical Engineering faculty member, passed away in Memphis on September 18, 2012. THOMAS DOYLE WEEMS, MD died on September 20, 2012, while vacationing in Billings, MT. B E LL TOWE R fall 2013



Marathon Man BY WE NDY S U M NE R WI NTE R (’05)

42 42

BBEELL LLTOWE TOWERRfall fall2013 2013

The CBU family held its breath on the morning of April 15, as details of the Boston Marathon bombing flooded the airwaves and Internet. A member of our family, Dr. Frank Buscher, Vice President for Academics, was only a short distance away from the finish line, and blissfully unaware. His best guess is that he was in the shower when it happened, probably reflecting on and unwinding from his own run. Dr. Buscher completed what he calls the World Series of Running in 3:14:50, his best Boston Marathon time. Buscher started running at the age of 43, wanting to recover from an injury incurred at a CBU soccer game which pitted faculty/staff against fraternities. He had no idea that he would actually be good at it. A professor already known for his precision, Buscher says, “Running made me more methodical, more strategic. You have to think about how you’re going to attack the course.” Running also introduced him to a whole new culture he’d not been aware of before. He says it has expanded his life. “Runners are nice people.” A member of several running clubs, including Memphis Runners Track Club, Pilgrimage Track Club, and Jackson Road Runners, Buscher meets up with fellow runners at McDonald’s on Sundays to exchange running stories and discuss their heroes. After his shower, Buscher returned to the family meeting area, a block away from Boylsten, and began to receive worried texts from friends and family. His mother called him from Germany to see if he was alright. It was then that he began to hear the sirens. One young lady came in to the area and asked if she could borrow his phone. “She was distraught. She said she had seen severed limbs.” And then cell service was cut, a measure, Buscher says, law enforcement used to prevent another attack. “We then decided to leave, to walk towards our hotel.” But they couldn’t get in. The hotel, as with the entire area, was being searched. They were sent to a nearby train station, where they would wait until the lockdown had ended. It wasn’t until hours later that he first saw the images of the bombing. “The next day is usually a big party. But there were almost 6,000 runners who couldn’t finish, who had been pulled off the course.” It was a somber mood. No one was wearing their finisher’s medals. “The bombs were an attack on all that we love.” In reflecting on how the bombing has affected the running culture, Buscher is hopeful. “People who thought their running time was over are training again. They are loyal to the course.” n PHOTO BY CORY DUGAN

G R E E T I N G S F R O M YO U R C B U A LU M N I A S S O C I AT I O N Welcome to a world of opportunity and excitement through the CBU Alumni Association! You are a part of a diverse spiritual and intellectual community that will impact every stage of your life and provide worldwide connections. The Association exists to bring you closer to this talented community as well as to campus life. From networking events to family movie nights, from wine tastings to sports and trivia games, we do our very best to support you in sustaining and growing all of those meaningful relationships that you established at CBU.

BEING A CBU ALUM HAS ITS PERKS, PROVIDING YOU ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING: • CBU Email for Life • Swashbuckler Fitness Center Facilities • Computer Labs • Canale Pool • Plough Library • Outdoor Basketball and Sand Volleyball Courts • Campus Dining

If you haven’t received your Alumni ID Card and Alumni Parking Pass, contact the Alumni Office at (901) 321-3270 or

.edu/alumni B E LL TOWE R fall 2013




B E LL TOWE R fall 2013

Bell Tower Fall 2013  

The Alumni Magazine of Christian Brothers University

Bell Tower Fall 2013  

The Alumni Magazine of Christian Brothers University