SOS: Week Three

SOSers and 7,500 pounds of trash at McKellar Lake.

SOSers and 7,500 pounds of trash at McKellar Lake.


In the first three weeks of September of Service we have provided 1260 hours of service to our community, already surpassing SOS 2012′s 1080 hours. Way to go, CBU SOSers!!! Our goal this year was to be 25% more awesome and with only 90 more hours we will have accomplished it!

This past week we served dinner with Friends For Life to persons living with HIV/AIDS; helped around the office at Memphis Child Advocacy Center; helped clean up CBU‘s campus, made PBJs, and assembled gifts for donors to the Annual Fund; threw a Pirate Party at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital to celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate” day; painted and cleaned at the Memphis Urban League; picked up 7,500 pounds of trash at McKellar Lake with Memphis City Beautiful and the Memphis River Warriors; and spent time with the residents of Catholic Charities Genesis House, a home for individuals with mental illness and addictions.

In our final week we will spiff up DeNeuville Learning Center, help First Congregational Church prepare for their 150th anniversary; rehabilitate two houses and throw a carnival for kids in the Beltline community; serve up some CBU hospitality to homeless individuals at Manna House; set up for the Memphis Air Show; dominate some privet at Lichterman Nature Center; break down the LuvMud obstacle course; and help out over at De La Salle Blessed Sacrament school.

Party!! Save the Finale Date: Noon, Saturday, October 5! Remember, for every day you serve you get a chance to win some fun prizes (not a car!) at our S.O.S. Finale on Saturday, October 5 in Boshwit Courtyard. Make plans now to attend!

New for 2013: ROGUE SOSing!  This year we are adding a new dimension to SOS. If you can’t join us for one of our scheduled service projects, we welcome you to don your SOS shirt, serve your community (wherever you are in the world), and post your good deed (including a picture) to our Facebook page. Don’t have an SOS shirt? Make a sign! Don’t have a sign? SOS anyway!!!!

Like CBU’s September of Service on Facebook, follow SOS on Twitter and check out the website at


Career Services Expos This Week

Career Services hosts Career and Graduate School Expos on campus each academic year. Admission is free to all CBU students and alumni. The Career & Internship Expo is Tuesday, September 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Recruiters representing a wide variety of industries will be in attendance, so:

* Dress professionally! (A business suit)
* Be prepared to ask & answer questions!
* Bring plenty of resumes!
* Follow up! (Get the employer’s business card.)

What employers are coming? Check the Career Direxions newsletter for a list.

The Graduate School Expo is Thursday, September 26, 11:30 to 2:00 in  Canale Arena. This is your opportunity to speak with representatives from more than 40 different graduate programs from across the country, including programs offered here at CBU.  If you are thinking about going to graduate school, this is a can’t-miss opportunity to speak to recruiters one-on-one! Programs currently scheduled to attend are also listed in the Career Direxions newsletter.


Civil Engineering majors Phyo Toon Aung (’13), Mallory Harvey  (’13), Alixis Williams  (’14), and McKenzie Shankle  (’13) won 1st Place in the Civil Engineering Jeopardy Mystery Event at the ACEC, ASCE & TSPE 2013 Annual Meeting & Professional Development Conference in Murfreesboro, TN on September 12. They competed against all of the civil engineering programs in the State of Tennessee, including Vanderbilt, UT Knoxville, University of Memphis, and Tennessee Tech. They were awarded a 1st place trophy and a $500 check for CBU’s ASCE student chapter. Mr. Gene McGinnis, faculty advisor, accompanied them on their trip to Murfreesboro.

• Dr. Mary Ogilvie and Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger (Biology) are among the co-authors of an article titled: “Bacterial Contamination of Radiologist Workstations: Results of a Pilot Study” accepted for publication by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Dr. John Young (Chemistry) coauthored two papers that have been published:  “Structural Characterization of an LPA1 Second Extracellular Loop Mimetic with a Self-Assembling Coiled-Coil Folding Constraint” in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, and “Solution Structure of the Recombinant Target Recognition Domain of zoocin A”  in Proteins.


The Lasallian Association of New Catholic Educators (LANCE) at CBU held its Commissioning Ceremony for its students on September 17 in De La Salle/Stritch Chapel. LANCE is a two-year service program for MAT and MEd students, fashioned after the lives of the Christian Brothers. LANCE participants serve the underprivileged and at-risk youth of Memphis through teaching in the Catholic Schools.

Spring Registration Opening Dates

October 28: Graduate & Adult Professional Studies Students
November 11, Monday: Day Seniors
November 13, Wednesday: Day Juniors
November 15, Friday: Day Sophomores
November 19, Tuesday: Day Freshmen

Undergraduate Day & Evening students meet with their advisors to receive their alternate PIN. Contact your advisor now to set up an appointment.

Graduate students have their alternate PIN always available in BannerWeb on the ALT PIN page. Check BannerWeb to see if you have any holds.

Take care of these now so you will be able to register on time.
October 31, Thursday: Last day to withdraw from a 16-week course
November 22, Friday: Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 8-week course

Miniatures by Brother Francisco

The Plough Library is pleased to present Brother Francisco Martin‘s miniature artwork.  Brother Francisco paints and draws colorful landscapes on found objects such as shells, rocks, tiles, and even lids!  Brother Francisco is also making his work available to student organizations for fundraisers.  Come check out his artwork on the main floor of the Plough Library and contact Brother Francisco about fundraising opportunities.

403b (& BBQ)

Mitch Everett, MBA and Scott Powers, CMFC, Financial Advisors with Waddell & Reed, Inc., invite CBU faculty and staff to learn more about the features and benefits of CBU’s 403(b) retirement plan at a 403(b) Enrollment Seminar and Lunch on Tuesday, September 24, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Montesi Conference Room. Lunch will be provided by Germantown Commissary BBQ!

Attendance is voluntary, but all employees are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for attending this seminar. There will be ample time for questions, and you are welcome to bring guests. Please RSVP to Mitch Everett or Scott Powers at (9O1) 685-2700 or or by Monday, September 23.

Safe Zones at CBU

SAFE ZONES ARE HERE! This month, the CBU Safe Zone Program launched at CBU. The program supports LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersexed, asexual or ally) students. Safe Zones provide spaces where LGBTQIA students can find support and information, free of judgment and hostility. Moreover, the Safe Zone Program aims to promote a campus environment where LGBTQIA students feel welcomed, affirmed, safe, and protected from harassment and homophobia.

safezoneSafe Zones provide safe and confidential havens where you can discuss questions or issues related to sexuality or gender. Safe Zone Allies will listen to your concerns and, if necessary or helpful, refer you to additional resources on campus or in the community. Safe Zones are marked with the Safe Zone logo and a certificate confirming allies’ completion of Safe Zone training and their availability to CBU community members.

The following 32 faculty and staff members completed Safe Zone training and their offices now serve as official Safe Zones at CBU:
Bob Arnold (Advancement), Dr. Libby Broadwell (Literature & Languages), Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Juan Caballero (Literature & Languages), Dr. Mary Campbell (Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Dr. Josē Dávila (Mechanical Engineering), Sandra Davis (Mathematics), Dr. J. Burton Fulmer (Religion & Philosophy), Cecilia Garrison (Nursing), Dr. Scott Geis (Religion & Philosophy), Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature & Languages), Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy), Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Sciences), Br. Allen Johnson (Literature & Languages), Ray Karasek (Administration & Finance), Cathy Lantrip (Career Services), Chanda Murphy (Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Elizabeth Nelson (Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Maureen O’Brien (Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Mary Ogilvie (Biology), Dr. Neal Palmer (History & Political Science), Dr. Clayann Panetta (Literature & Languages), Dr. Brendan Prawdzik (Literature & Languages), Dr. Anna Ross (Biology), Br. Walter Schreiner (Mathematics), Br. Tom Sullivan (Campus Ministry), Dr. Lavern Terrell (Education), Dr. John Varriano (Physics & Natural Science), Dr. Bev Vitali (Management), Amy Ware (Career Services), and Dr. John Young (Chemistry)

For more information about Safe Zones, contact Dr. Emily Holmes, Chair of the CBU Safe Zone Program Committee, at Otherwise, feel free to talk to any Safe Zone Ally if you have questions! They’re here for you.


Friends of the Poor Walk

friendsofpoorJoin CBU Campus MInistry in the 6th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk on Saturday, September 28, at the CBHS Track (5900 Walnut Grove). The walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. with early registration at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the food mission of St. Vincent de Paul of Memphis — every dollar raised provides two lunches! There will be music, food, free t-shirts and a walk on a comfortable track. To register for the CBU team, contact Margretta daLomba Dobbs  at — or register online at

Memorial Mass for Br. Jeffrey Gros

Christian Brothers University and the De La Salle Brothers in Memphis will offer a Memorial Mass commemorating the passing of Brother Jeffrey Gros on September 28. Father Michael Joyce will be the celebrant.

The Memorial Mass will take place at CBU’s Stritch Chapel on at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception. Brother Jeffrey was a native of Memphis and a long time lecturer at CBU and the Distinguished Professor of Ecumenical and Historical Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary. Most recently, he was Catholic Studies Scholar in Residence at Lewis University as well as an adjunct professor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He died on August 12 following a relatively short bout of pancreatic cancer. May He Rest In Peace!

The CBU Community — faculty, staff, alums and current students —are most welcome to attend, as well as the many  people who  came to know Brother Jeffrey over the years.


Study Abroad Opportunities

Dates: Spring Break 2014: March 9-15

  • PKG/ME 498 Special Topics: Transport Packaging (3 crs.)- Siripong Malasri, Ph.D., P.E., CPLP Technologist
  • PKG 496 Special Topics: Pre-shipment Tests (1 cr.) – Siripong Malasri, Ph.D., P.E., CPLP Technologist

Cost: $1,580.00 (Based on 10 students)

Dates: May 19, 2014-May 27, 2014

  • CHEM105: Chemistry of Cooking (Pending Gen-Ed) * Honors or Non-Honors
  • RS 294: Special Topics: Honors Christian Spirituality (Pending Gen-Ed)
  • RS 324: Honors Christian Spirituality (Approved Gen-Ed)

Cost: CHEM $2,285/ RS $1,700 + airfare

All you need to do from here is complete the Travel Study Trip application form.

Trip Deposit of $300.00 is due by October 1. Checks should be made payable to CBU and paid directly to the Business Office with the trip destination clearly and course identified; credit cards are accepted as well. Trip applications should be completed and returned to Buckman 346 or 347 when first payment is made or before.

If you have any further questions about the trip contact Dr. Emily Forsdick by telephone at (901) 321-3461 or Ms. Melody Caldwell at (901) 321-3264 or

Upcoming Events

• IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY FOR MIDTERMS: Midterms are fast approaching! Looking for tips on how to prepare? Join Academic Services for “Improve Your Memory for Midterms” on Thursday, October 3 in Buckman 112, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to read and study more effectively.  Sodas will be provided, and you’re welcome to bring your lunch.  Please RSVP to Tia Kofahl at if you’d like to attend.

•  MHIRT PROJECTS SYMPOSIUM: The Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Projects Symposium and Wrap-up for Summer 2013 projects will be held Saturday, October 5, 9:00 a.m.-noon, in Cooper-Wilson 105. Students who participated in the 2013 projects will be presenting the results from their summer international research experiences in Brazil and Uganda.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the summer projects for 2014 to meet with students and learn more about the program, and how they can qualify for an all-expense paid research experience. The presentation schedule is forthcoming.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to Julia Hanebrink at To learn more, visit

• INSIDE-OUT FALL FESTIVAL: Coming this October, Plough Library is launching its inaugural Inside-Out Fall Festival! On October 9, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Buckman Quad, we’ll have food, music, games, and prizes. Meet your friendly library staff and learn more about the resources and services Plough Library has to offer.

• COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President for faculty and staff is Thursday, October 31 in the University Theater, 12:45-1:30 p.m. No agenda will be formulated. Dr. Smarrelli hopes to use this as an opportunity to discuss matters of relevance,  large and small, in an informal setting.

 PRIVATE EYES: The CBU Theatre production of Steven Dietz’ Private Eyes will be staged October 31-November 2 at 7:30 p.m. and November 3 at 2:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Private Eyes is a comedic roller-coaster ride between truths and lies, filled with surprises and misdirection. The audience itself plays the role of detective in this hilarious relationship thriller about love and the power of deception. Click here for a synopsis. The cast includes Nic PicouChelsea SmithersAlani Lee DeniseJasmine Pena and Cale BaskinSeating is limited and reservations must be made in order to guarantee seating.  Students, staff and faculty of CBU can now make reservations online at this link. Others may reserve seats by emailing the director at General admission is $ 5.00; CBU staff, faculty and students pay only $1.00.

Buccaneer Bulletin

MEN’S SOCCER (2-4, 1-3 GSC)
09/20: Bucs 2, Lee University 1 (at Cleveland, TN)
09/22: Bucs 1Shorter University 2  (OT; at Rome, GA)

WOMEN’S SOCCER (4-1-1, 1-1-0 GSC)
09/21: Lady Bucs 1, West Georgia 0 (at Signaigo Field)
09/22: Lady Bucs 1, Valdosta State 2 (at Signaigo Field)

09/17: Lady Bucs 3, Union University 1 (at Jackson, TN)

09/27: Union University (Jackson, TN; 7:00 p.m.)
09/29: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Signaigo Field; 2:00 p.m.)

09/25: Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, TN; 4:00 p.m.)
09/28: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 3:00 p.m.)

09/24: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 7:00 p.m.)
09/27: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 6:00 p.m.)
09/28: University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL; 1:00 p.m.)

09/28: Rhodes College Invitational (Plough Park)

09/23-24: Freed-Hardeman Fall Invitational (at Covington, TN; Covington CC)