How to Lose a Job in 10 Days

The Society of Women Engineers and CBU Career Services will host Katie Benedetti, Jennifer Brooks and Regina Holmes from Medtronic Corporation for a session on Friday, October 4 in Spain Auditorium at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. that will give women insight on how to professionally maintain their social media accounts, how to appropriately dress for career fairs and interviews, and email etiquette when you are contacted by companies. Men are welcome too! 

The session will be followed at 2:00 by a Fashion Show featuring male and female students and faculty members modeling what to wear and what not to wear in a job interview or in a professional setting,

SOS is almost over!

In our last week of September of Service we mulched, transplanted trees, and cleaned DeNeuville Learning Center; helped First Congregational Church prepare for their 150th anniversary; rehabilitated homes and threw a carnival for kids in the Beltline community; served up some CBU hospitality to homeless individuals at Manna House; set up for VIPs at the Memphis Air Show; dominated kudzu at Lichterman Nature Center; and broke down the LuvMud obstacle course for Habitat for Hope. Today, our final day of good deeds, we will work at De La Salle Blessed Sacrament school.

In our first three weeks of September of Service we provided 1260 hours of service to our community, already surpassing SOS 2012′s 1080 hours. Our goal this year was to be 25% more awesome. Did we achieve this? You will have to come to our SOS Finale this Saturday, October 5 to find out!!! See below.


Rogue SOS-ers

SOCIAL SENIORS: Hannah Evon (English for Corporate Communications ’15) John Dawson (Marketing ’15) conducted a class in “Social Media for Social Seniors” for senior citizens at the Kroc Center on September 23, explaining everything from smart phones to the business benefits of the various social media platforms.


Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) was the subject of a feature article in Vital Signs, the alumni e-newsletter of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. The article, entitled “Malinda Fitzgerald Prepped for Success at Health Science Center,” discusses Dr. Fitzgerald’s research and her work at CBU, including her oversight of the MHIRT program and Alpha Chi honor society.

Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging) has been appointed by Cloud Publications to serve as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology. His immediate task is to form an international editorial board for the journal, which includes Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical & Biochemical Engineering). In addition, Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering/Packaging Minor ’13) serves as technical assistant due to her involvement with various Healthcare Packaging Consortium research projects.  Volume 1 (2013) of the journal, to conclude in December 2013, will feature various packaging research projects performed at the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium since its establishment in 2010.

Jana Travis (Visual & Performing Arts) is one of five artists included in the “RiverArtsFest
Invitational Exhibit” at ANF Architects (1500 Union) October 4-21. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4 at 5:30-8:30 p.m. The other artists included in the exhibit are Valerie Berlin, Carol Buckman, Jay Etkin and Annabelle Meacham. 

Smelling Like a Rose

Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Science, Honors Program), pictured with President John Smarrelli, was the recipient of Pugh’s Flowers “Share the Love” bouquet this month in honor of her involvement with September of Service. “She is truly an inspiration to us all,” Pugh’s says of her honor. “Dr. Burke deserves to be honored with flowers from the CBU faculty, staff and students.”

Check out the video below from Local 24 News! (if it doesn’t play in your browser or on your mobile device, please click here.)

Vote Now for “Professor Poultry”

Want to see your professor come to class dressed as a chicken?

During the month of October, Psi Chi and the Psychology Club are conducting a club fundraiser to make this happen! Students can vote with their dollars (or any nominal donation) for the professor they’d most like to see come to class dressed as a chicken on Halloween. Voting tables will be set up outside of Alfonso Dining Hall and the Buc every Tuesday in October, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Professors on the ballot include Dr. Tracie Burke (School of Arts), Dr. Stan Eisen (School of Sciences), Dr. Paul Haught (School of Arts), Dr. Mary Kelly James (School of Arts), Chanda Murphy (School of Arts), Dr. Elizabeth Nelson (School of Arts), Dr. Maureen O’Brien (School of Arts), Dr. Mary Oglivie (School of Sciences), Dr. Jeffrey Sable (School  of Arts), Dr. Jeff Shultz (School of Business), (School  of Arts), Dr. John Ventura (School of Engineering), Dr. Rod Vogl (School of Arts), and Dr. Jennifer Weske (School of Business).

Think Pink Week

thinkpinkSeptember 30 through October 5 is Think Pink Week for Zeta Tau Alpha, benefiting breast cancer awareness and education. Following is the week’s schedule of events (unless otherwise noted, most events take place in Buckman Quad:

Raffle Begins: Come and guess how many pink beans ZTA has in their jar!
Pumpkin Painting: Pick up your pumpkin and paint it using the theme “Think Pink.”
• Continue participating in the Raffle!
Buy a Duck for a Buck Because Cancer Sucks: If you choose the special duck, you will claim a gift card from ZTA!
• Save Lids Save Lives:  Yogurt-eating Contest!
Mr. CBU at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater!  The “Think Pink” pumpkin winner will be announced at the end of Mr. CBU.
• Come take a guess at the Raffle!
Bra Pong: See how good your aim really is!
Lemonade Stand: Come out and enjoy some complementary pink lemonade from ZTA!
Raffle winner is announced!
• Come and join ZTA at the CBU soccer games tonight and wear PINK.  The Lady Bucs’ game starts at 5:00 and the Bucs play at 7:00 p.m.
• Come “Rock Away Cancer” with ZTA at the Kroger on Highland from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.!
This is a great cause, so please come and support the lovely ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha! 

Career Services Calendar

• Tuesday, October 1: Career Power Half Hour: Networking, St. Joseph 10, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
• Thursday, October 3: Pizza & Professionals with Northwestern Mutual, Buckman 102, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
• Thursday, October 3: Career Networking Social: Healthcare Professionals, Cooper-Wilson Lounge, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, October 8: Test Drive: Take a practice graduate admissions test in Buckman Hall 101, 102, 103, 222, 223, 224, or 225; 2:00-5:00 p.m.
• Friday, October 11: Deadline for students to submit Spring Academic Internship Applications, Buckman 207, by 4:30 p.m.


Field Trip to Olympus

Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging) took his PKG 101 class to Olympus Surgical Technologies America on September 27, where the students were introduced to medical-device packaging.  The company, a member of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium, is under the “Medical” group of Olympus. (Other groups include “Cameras and Audio,” “Life Science,” and “Industrial.”)
In the picture (l-r) are Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), Patrick Held, Matt Ohlwein, Griselda Matos, Frederique Worthy, Rebecca Wauford, Ebonee Malone, Ike Griffith, Christopher Nguyen and Dr. Pong Malasri.


Eat, Pray, Discuss

Faculty and staff,  please join Eat, Pray, Discuss on Tuesday, October 1 at 12:20 p.m. for Mass in St. Joseph Chapel (Barry Hall).  As the group eats, there will be discussion of the first three chapters of Br. Terence’s book, Silence Acceptance. Email Cathy Grilli at or Br. Tom Sullivan at for more details.

Mark your calendars now for Monday, November 18, 4:50-6:30 p.m. for the final Eat, Pray, Discuss of the semester.


CBU Health Fair

The CBU Fall Health Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Buckman Quad and Sabbatini Lounge. There will be more than 15 vendors participating and lots of activities planned: blood pressure, spinal and vision screenings, volunteer oppoortnities, lots  of helpful information AND a chance to win a FREE one-hour massage. Also part of the Health Fair, a Martial Arts demonstration will be held around noon. Come join in all the healthy fun!


Castings Judges Needed!

Judges are needed for CBU’s annual Castings competition in four categories: fine art, photography, poetry and prose. We need judges from all four schools so that we can find the best work for our literary journal. Come on, people — Castings needs your help! Contact Karen B. Golightly at to volunteer for this prestigious position as Castings judge.

A Catholic Approach to Climate Change

The Learning Communities invite everyone at CBU to a presentation and interfaith discussion on “Melting Ice, Mending Creation: a Catholic Approach to Climate Change” on Thursday, October 3, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in the Learning Living center Classroom. This year’s Feast of St. Francis program from the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change highlights the Pontifical Academy
of Science’s Working Group (PAS) statement, Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene.
The program will also feature the photographic evidence of melting glaciers as documented by James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey. Balog is the science photographer behind the recently released documentary film Chasing Ice.

The video below is a TED Talk by Balog on time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss. (If the video does not appear in your browser or on your mobile device, please click here.)

Food and refreshments will be provided — please sign up on the LLC Commons board so enough food is available for everyone. For more information, contact Dr. Ben Jordan at or

 “Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!” — Pope Francis (March 19, 2013)

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.

SOS Finale

The SOS Finale is this Saturday
, October 5, at noon in Boshwit Courtyard (or Alfonso if it rains).

There will be fun, food, prizes, the much anticipated SOS 2013 video, chalking, T-shirt slinging, Why I Serve prints, and you can vote for your favorite agency to receive an SOS donation.

Come celebrate our SOSuccess and find out if we reached our 2013 goal of being 25% more awesome.

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


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.

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

The preliminary schedule is online at

Faculty-Staff Kickball Team?

The  Intramural Staff will host a Kickball Tournament this week and is hoping that a Faculty-Staff team will compete. Please contact  Thien Nguyen (our new Coordinator of Intramural, Recreation, and Community Participation) by Tuesday, October 1 at if you are interested.  All skill levels and experience are welcome.  Thien will also be glad to answer any questions.

CBU at Colleges of Memphis

CBU was well represented at Mayor A C Wharton’s Colleges of Memphis event at Founders Park near the National Civil Rights Museum on September 27. At the event, designed to bring students from all local colleges and universities together, students participated in the Discover Memphis Scavenger Hunt, dined on local food, listened to the LeMoyne Owen College Choir, and met Mayor Wharton. At the conclusion of Colleges of Memphis, students attended the South Main Trolley Tour and visited the Rumba Room for salsa dancing.

Pictured above are Alex McCormick, Samantha Bennett, Emily McClure, Mayor A C Wharton, Jumari Callaway, Amber Campbell, Melvin McNeil, Caitlin Terry, Michael MacMiller, Jonathan Mosley, Payton Powers, and Cathy Holmes.

Memphis Tour De Coop 2013

tourdecoopThe Memphis Tour De Coop, scheduled for Saturday, October 12, is a guided and self-guided bicycle tour of urban chicken coops, gardens, and beehives benefiting GrowMemphis. The tour will begin at First Congregational Church and travel through Midtown and the Vollintine Evergreen neighborhood. The entire tour route is approximately 8-9 miles. A Tour De Coop map with the stop locations will be provided to any person who registers and would like to walk or otherwise participate in the tour.

Although this event is free to the public, a suggested donation is posted to help fund the mission of GrowMemphis. You do not have to make a donation to register. Registration and donations can be made online at

For more information, visit the GrowMemphis website or the Tour De Coop Facebook Event.

Upcoming Events

• 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 DeniseJessica Love 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 (3-5, 2-4 GSC)
09/27: Bucs 3, Union University 0 (at Jackson, TN)
09/29: Bucs 0Alabama-Huntsville 3  (at Signaigo Field)

WOMEN’S SOCCER (6-1-1, 2-1-0 GSC)
09/25: Lady Bucs 3, Trevecca Nazarene 0 (at Nashville, TN)
09/28: Lady Bucs 2, North Alabama (OT; at Florence, AL)

09/24: Lady Bucs 1, North Alabama 3 (at Florence, AL)
09/27: Lady Bucs 0, West Florida 3 (at Pensacola, FL)
09/28: Lady Bucs 3, West Alabama 2 (at Livingston, AL)

09/28: Rhodes College Invitational (at Plough Park); Bucs 14th of 27 teams; Mason Shepherd led the Bucs (51st of 228 runners). The Lady Bucs placed 17th of 25 teams; Courtney Morris led the Lady Bucs (91st of 221 runners).

09/23-24: Freed-Hardeman Fall Invitational (at Covington, TN; Covington CC) Bucs 10th of 11 teams; Lady Bucs 8th of 8 teams

10/04: Delta State University (Signaigo Field; 7:30 p.m.)

10/04: Delta State University (Signaigo Field; 5:00 p.m.)

10/04: Shorter University (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
10/05: Lee University (Canale Arena; 6:00 p.m.