|Christian Brothers College (1871-1990)|
|Motto||Virtus et Scientia (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Character & Knowledge|
|Catholic Church (Christian Brothers)|
|IALU, ACCU, SACS, CIC|
|President||John T. (Jack) Shannon, Jr.|
|Campus||Urban, 76 acres (310,000 m2)|
|Colors||Red and Gray|
|Nickname||Buccaneers & Lady Buccaneers|
|NCAA Division II - Gulf South|
|Mascot||Bucky the Buccaneer|
Christian Brothers University is a private Catholic university run by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Memphis, Tennessee. It was founded in 1871 by the De La Salle Brothers. It is the oldest collegiate degree-granting institution in the city.
Christian Brothers University was founded in November 19, 1871, by members of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Roman Catholic religious order founded by St. John Baptist de la Salle, the patron saint of teachers. At foundation the educational institution was named Christian Brothers College which was changed to Christian Brothers University when the school became a university in June 1990. The Brothers came to Memphis at the request of the people and clergy of the city, after more than a decade of efforts to persuade the Brothers to open a college there.
After more than a decade of efforts to persuade the Brothers to open a college in Memphis, Christian Brothers College was founded in 1871.
Brother Maurelian was appointed the first president. His three terms as president totalled 31 years. During his presidency, the Brothers purchased the 612 Adams Street building, which housed the college until 1940 when the college moved to its present location at Central Avenue and East Parkway South.
Functioning as a combined elementary school, high school (now Christian Brothers High School), and college, Christian Brothers College granted high school diplomas as well as Bachelor's and Master's Degrees until 1915, when the college division was suspended. Elementary classes were dropped in 1922, and the institution operated as only a high school for 18 years. Reopened in 1940 as a junior college, the college began granting Associate's Degrees in 1942.
Christian Brothers awarded the first post-secondary degree in the city in 1875. LeMoyne College (one of the two constituent parts of present-day LeMoyne-Owen College) has a founding year of 1871, but it was an elementary and secondary school at the time. The city's largest university, The University of Memphis, was not founded until 1912. Although Rhodes College was founded 1848, it did not move from Clarksville, Tennessee to Memphis until 1925.
Christian Brothers University traces its origins to priest and educational innovator, St. John Baptist de la Salle. De la Salle began a system of Christian schools in which teachers assist parents in the educational, ethical, and religious formation of their children. To continue his spiritual and pedagogical vision, de la Salle founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, known today as the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
In 1953, the decision was made to expand the community college into a four-year institution to better serve the needs of the community. The four-year curriculum began with degrees in Business Administration and Electrical Engineering, with the first graduates in recent times receiving their degrees in 1955.
The curriculum was soon expanded to meet the needs for new programs in the fields of Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry. The following degree programs were later added: Biology, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemical Engineering, History, Psychology, Natural Science, Engineering Physics, Computer Science, and Religion and Philosophy. Teacher preparation programs in secondary education were added in 1969. An accelerated evening program offering a degree in Business Administration was added in 1978 to meet the needs of the adult student, and the Applied Psychology degree was added in 1999. In Fall 2007, CBU introduced its Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Programs at the graduate level were reinstated in 1987 with the Master's program in Telecommunication and Information Systems. The Master of Business Administration and the Master in Engineering Management were added in 1989. A Master of Education was added in 1997, and the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Science in Educational Leadership were offered beginning in 2001. The Master of Arts in Executive Leadership was added in 2005.
When another Catholic college in Memphis (the all-female Siena College) closed, Christian Brothers University became coeducational in 1970. Currently, women comprise approximately 55% of the student body. Christian Brothers College officially became Christian Brothers University in June 1990.
The university has four schools:
As a member of the Lasallian Consortium, i.e. the seven Lasallian universities in the United States, CBU offers study abroad semesters in Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, and Spain. Additionally, CBU offers study abroad courses during spring and fall vacations. Upcoming courses include travel in England, France, Italy, Mexico, and Uganda. Medical missions to Haiti are available but have been postponed for the present. Study abroad is optional for students but is required for completion of the global studies minor.
CBU has one of the most diverse student bodies in the South. 51% of students are White-American (non-Hispanic), 33% are African-American (non-Hispanic), 5% are Asian-American or Pacific Islander-American, 2% are Hispanic-American, and 2% are international students. 6% of students have an unknown ethnicity. Students hail from more than 28 states and 28 countries.
Notably, 99% of Christian Brothers University undergraduates receive financial aid, broken down as institutional grants (98%), state/local grants (68%), federal grants (29%), and student loans (58%).
There are 110 full-time faculty members. All of them hold at least master's degrees, and 89% hold doctorates or terminal degrees. No courses are taught by teaching assistants. The student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1. School of Sciences graduating classes from 2002 to 2006 boasted a 91% acceptance rate for medical school, and an 87% acceptance for pharmacy school.
The first building on campus, Kenrick Hall, constructed in 1939 as the original Christian Brothers High School, was demolished in 2015 to make room for the Rosa Deal School of Arts, set to open in January 2017.
The university's architecture follows the Georgian style popular at the time of the campus' relocation to East Parkway. Arch-covered walkways traverse the main campus, allowing students and faculty to get to most buildings shielded from the weather. The campus is enclosed by an iron fence with brick accents with entrances on East Parkway South, Central Avenue, and Avery Avenue.
The arena was fully renovated in 2004 and has a capacity of 1,000.
CBU is an NCAA Division II team and a member of the Gulf South Conference. Buccaneer teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer. Lady Buccaneer teams include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball.
The Lady Buccaneers and Buccaneers have won multiple athletic competitions, including the 2002 Division II women's soccer championship and the 2008 GSC men's basketball championship. The Men's Soccer Team has won back to back Conference titles Under Coach Clint Browne during the 2011, 2012 Seasons. Also Making it into the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
|IFC Fraternities||Panhellenic Sororities|
|Sigma Alpha Epsilon (): 1989-present||Alpha Sigma Alpha (): 1986-1992|
|------------------------------------||Alpha Sigma Tau (): 2005-2012|
|Tau Kappa Epsilon (): 1979-present||Alpha Xi Delta (): 1994-present|
|Kappa Sigma (): 1996-present||Zeta Tau Alpha (): 1985-present|
|NPHC Fraternities||NPHC Sororities|
|Alpha Phi Alpha (): 1977-present||Alpha Kappa Alpha (): 1978-present|
|Phi Beta Sigma (): 1996-present||Delta Sigma Theta (): 1998-present|
|Kappa Alpha Psi (): 1999-present||Sigma Gamma Rho (): 2001-present|
|Local & Non-Traditional Fraternities & Sororities|
|Gamma Theta Phi ( / Gamma): 1964-1997|
|Knights of Columbus (K of C): 1972-1988|
Chapters of a number of honor societies exist at CBU to recognize excellence in academia and leadership. Active honor societies and their specialties include: Alpha Chi (general academic), Beta Beta Beta (biology), the Order of Omega (fraternity and sorority members), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Psi Chi (psychology), Sigma Tau Delta (English), Alpha Psi Omega (theatre), and Tau Beta Pi (engineering).
Professional organizations include: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical Engineers, Society of Physics Students, and the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society.
Civil engineering students also compete in the annual Student Steel Bridge Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc. Scale bridges are constructed; judging is based on speed of construction, strength and durability of the bridge, and more.
Civil engineering students construct concrete canoes to compete at annual Deep South regional conferences for student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers. These canoes must be able to float and support the weight of several students as they will be raced.
Electrical and computer engineering students annually participate in a robotics Competition organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The 2008 competition was held in Huntsville, Alabama.
Mechanical engineering students gear up against competitors from schools across the country to build and race vehicles that can travel over simulated lunar terrain. The competition is held annually at the United States Space & Rocket Center.
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