Interview with Dr. John Malmo

malmo teaching_SMALLInterview with Dr. John Malmo by Antonio Garrett (Marketing ’18)
The School of Business is proud to announce a new professor who has joined the Buccaneer family this fall, Dr. John R. Malmo. Dr. Malmo is coming from Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, as a visiting assistant professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from John Brown University in 2011. Upon completion of his bachelor degree, he received his Master’s (2013) and Doctorate (2016) in Recreation and Sports Management from the University of Arkansas. In conjunction with his educational achievements, he owns a martial arts studio, Malmo Martial Arts, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, where he is the chief instructor. He is also the CEO and owner of the Arkansas Fight League which was established in January 2009. He is married to Rosemary Malmo and has three children. I was able to meet with Dr. Malmo and ask him a few questions. Check out the interview below.

Q: What led you to Memphis and CBU?

A: I am focused on student development and application. I believe higher education should provide an environment for personal growth and experience in all areas of students’ lives in addition to providing exceptional opportunities for learning. CBU’s mission and vision are very much in line with my own beliefs and opinions about education and teaching. The Department of Management, Marketing, and Economics and the Sport Management concentration are well designed and offer me the ability to utilize my background and education to prepare future leaders in the industry.

Q: What sparked your interest in martial arts?

A: I have always had an interest in martial arts. I still remember scenes from TV and movies that displayed various aspects of the martial arts that I saw as a child. Growing up, I did my best to be involved in martial arts. This wasn’t easy since I was at the mercy of my parents’ schedules and willingness to support my interest. Once I was able to drive, I fully immersed myself in the martial arts world. I found tremendous instructors who opened my eyes to the numerous styles and systems that exist and showed me what can be accomplished in, with, and through the martial arts. When I found the Filipino martial arts, Silat, Kuntao, and other similar arts, I knew I found where I belong.

Q: What led you into teaching?

A: Teaching is, or should be, a natural extension of learning. One of the best ways to learn is to teach. When teaching, you have to fully explore and understand the topic. This forces you to research and analyze everything so you can help others learn. I enjoy helping others and thoroughly enjoy teaching.

Q: What are some of your current goals with your martial arts, education, personal life, etc.?

A: In the martial arts, I have reached numerous milestones. I am at the point where my responsibility is to preserve and pass on the legacy that was passed down to me. I continue to strive to prepare students to be able to protect themselves and their families while also sharing this legacy. In education, I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I earned a terminal degree (Doctorate) in my field so I attained that goal. Now, I am focused on continually improving how I teach and conducting more research to give back to education and the industry. At some point in the future, I would like to pursue a law degree (Juris Doctor) as a major interest of mine is sport and recreation law.

Q: If you wanted the CBU community to know one key thing about you, what would it be?

A: First, my door is usually open, and I genuinely like building relationships with students. My martial arts students are a part of my family. I want my CBU students to feel this way as well. Second, anyone interested in Sport Management (or Recreation Management) should stop by and visit. I am happy to explain what the degree is and what you can do with it. Finally, I am always open to sharing the martial arts and the multitude of facets it encompasses – self-defense, culture, etc. If any students, faculty, staff, or campus groups are interested in learning more about what I do or would like to train, I encourage them to contact me.

CBU Crosstown Satellite Campus Featured by Memphis Business Journal

CBU’s Crosstown satellite campus has been featured by the Memphis Business Journal in an article by Elle Perry titled “See inside: CBU opens satellite campus in Crosstown” that features photographs of the new facilities. You can read the full article online now and view the slideshow featuring faculty, staff, and students from our Office of Graduate Business Programs at

David Archer Joins School of Business @ CBU

We are very proud to announce that former CEO of Saint Francis Hospital David Archer has joined the School of Business at Christian Brothers University as a full-time faculty member. Archer will be working with our Graduate Business Programs Office with a focus on the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management (HCMBA) Program. Program Assistant Director Joslyn Hebda was quoted as saying, “We were thrilled when Dave agreed to teach in our HCMBA Program because he is exceptionally qualified to teach our students about the current issues and strategic management of health care systems.” You can read the full article online now at

Professor Kristin Prien Presents at International Symposium on Lasallian Research

The sixth annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research was held on September 24-26, 2017 at the Twin Cities Campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The symposium featured presentations by several CBU faculty members, including Dr. Kristin Prien from the School of Business, who presented on “The Development of a Peer Evaluation Scale for Group Work.” Professor Prien’s presentation describes the reasons why students participating in class project groups need to evaluate their fellow group members’ contributions and describes the steps in developing – with extensive student input – such a scale. It’s been used most recently in a section of MGMT 227 Foundations of Management.

Rachel Freund (BSBA – Accounting ’99) Appointed CFO of Auditorium Theatre

Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre has announced the appointment of Rachel Freund as Chief Financial Officer. Freund worked at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company from 2002 to 2017 in the capacities of Director of Finance and, most recently, as Director of Operations and Management. She oversaw a team of over 30 people and handled a multi-million dollar budget. She is a newly appointed board member for Definition Theatre Company, and previously served on the boards for Red Tape Theatre and 20% Theatre Company. Freund holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Christian Brothers University and a Master of Arts in Management from Columbia College Chicago. She is a registered CPA in the state of Illinois. You can read the full article online now at

Dean’s Note

Spring is finally here after an especially late rough winter for the Memphis area.  As we turn our focus to the promise of the Easter season, the School of Business wishes everyone a joyful and Happy Easter!  This latest newsletter is filled with the truly remarkable accomplishments of our current students, alums, and faculty members.  From the spotlight on alums to the special interviews with current students to our current initiatives, the School of Business is excited about the future of the School and the University.

Delta Sigma Pi, the professional co-ed business fraternity, is as vital as ever at CBU with 30 current members of the Epsilon Psi chapter.  We hosted the annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competitions for the second and third years respectively, and we will again be offering summer camps in business and accounting for the third consecutive year this July.  The theme of this year’s business camp is Memphis business and we continue our very important relationship with the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) in presenting the Accounting Careers Awareness Camp (ACAP) for minority students.  We gratefully thank the local accounting firms that fund this camp.  Finally, we are fortunate to have the Barret School of Banking residing on our campus and we are proud to announce a new concentration in banking that will begin this coming fall, 2015, with support from the director of Barret, Chris Kelley.

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Jack Hargett, PhD
Dean, School of Business
Christian Brothers University

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Local investor, Tennessee Viticultural Oenological Society (TVOS) member, and CBU alum Chris Albonetti (Management ’95) has been working tirelessly to bring together the best of both worlds in downtown Memphis – art and wine. With the help of local investors Chris Albonetti and Linda Harris, the Crown Winery is partnering with Art Village Gallery to open a new wine tasting room. The Crown Tasting Room held their grand opening on February 21at the Gallery located at 410 S. Main St. The celebration marked its official opening to the public. Read the full article at

Kevin Dean (MAEL ’09) Recipient of Innovation Award Presented By MBQ

Kevin Dean (MAEL ’09) was the recipient of one of four Innovation Awards presented by MBQ: Inside Memphis Business magazine on September 24. Kevin is the executive director of Literacy Mid-South and was nominated for the award by Dr. Bevalee Vitali. He was lauded by MBQ for pulling “Literacy Mid-South out of a financial crisis while making reading and learning accessible to all ages of the Memphis community through a nationally adopted curriculum, an app that houses a framework for benchmarks for teaching literacy, and the creation of the first ever city-wide Book Festival, complete with its own app as well.” Read more online now at