Book Scholarship Established in Memory of Clifton Gibbs

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Clifton Gibbs

The Collegiate Life Investment Foundation (CLIF) is pleased to announce the inaugural academic year of the Clifton B. Gibbs Scholarship Program.

CLIF is a non-profit organization established to educate the high school and collegiate population about the dangers of distracted driving. In addition, CLIF promotes higher education among African American young men and women through a book scholarship at Christian Brothers University. In memory of Clifton B. Gibbs, a 23-year-old CBU alumnus who was killed by a distracted driver, the organization encourages academic excellence, community involvement, and a sincere lifelong commitment to refrain from any use of mobile phones while driving.

Clifton graduated from Central High School in 2006 with honors. He furthered his education at Christian Brothers University, where he received his BSBA in Marketing in 2011. While at CBU, he was a dedicated member of the collegiate tennis team and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

“Clifton loved CBU,” says CLIF founder Larissa Redmond (’11). “Although he was a big jokester, there were two things he never played about — his school and his fraternity.  In his four years at CBUm he served his school, his classmates, and his community, with a smile on his face and the Bucs in his heart.”

For more information and a scholarship application, click here. >>>

CBU Volunteers at Color Run

More than 50 CBU students and faculty volunteered at the Color Run on October 26. The CBUers joined 150 others to help with the event, which benefitted DeNeuville Learning Center. Because of the volunteers’ assistance, DeNeuville will receive $10,000 from the Color Run to assist with its mission of empowering women through education and community. To learn more about DeNeuville, go to To see more pictures, visit the CBU Honors Program’s Facebook page.

Additionally, several CBU students ran the Color Run, with Taylor Seaman taking first place. Taylor is pictured here (left) with fellow CBUers Jack Parker, and Eric Nelson.

“Private Eyes” Theater Production

PrivateEyes-PosterThe CBU Theatre production of Steven Dietz’ Private Eyes will be staged this week 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.

Showtimes are:

  • Thursday, October 31: 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1: 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2: 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 3: 2:00 p.m.

The cast includes Nic PicouChelsea SmithersAlani Lee DeniseJessica Love and Cale Baskin.

Seating 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.

This Week at CBU

• 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.

HALLOWEEN HOME RUN DERBY: Ready to get in the spirit for the World Series?  Well, here is how you can do that AND support the CBU softball team! The Softball team will be hosting a Home Run Derby on Thursday, October 31 (Halloween!) at 4:30 p.m. on the softball field. Teams will consist of five players, and the cost is $5 a player, $25 per team.  If you would like to participate, please fill out the attached form and turn it in to any softball player with the entry fee before October 31. There will also be prizes for the winning team AND prizes for the best costume for both male and female! So come support your CBU Softball team, wear your best costume, and get your muscles ready to hit a home run!

FEAST OF ALL SAINTS: The Feast of All Saints, a holy day of obligation for all Catholics, is Friday, November 1. There will a Special Mass at 5:00 p.m. in De La Salle/Stritch Chapel for students, faculty, and staff who wish to attend.

• BLACK GIRLS CODE WORKSHOP: The CBU School of Engineering will host “Build a Game in a Day w/Scratch” in conjunction with the Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE on November 2, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This workshop will focus on game development using Scratch, a programming project spearheaded by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Taught by Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering), the workshop will be geared towards introducing girls ages 10-17 to animation, gaming, and creating interactive stories. The workshop is designed to encourage student-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play, and code in real-time. Black Girls CODE is a national organization whose mission is to empower young women of color between the ages of 7-18 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators.

Career Services Calendar

• Tuesday, October 29: Pizza & Professionals with Regions Bank; Buckman 102, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, October 29: Career Power Half Hour: Interview Skills; St. Joseph Hall Room 10, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
• Thursday, October 31: Majors Fair promoting all academic disciplines; Sabbatini Lounge, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, November 5: Career Power Half Hour: What Employers Look For; Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211), 1:00-1:30 p.m.
• Thursday, November 7: Career Panel Discussion: Advertising, PR & Marketing Careers; Spain Auditorium, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Dr. Samantha Alperin and Dr. Ric Potts (Education) presented at the Diocese Professional Day at Christian Brothers High School on October 18.


Help Us Help One of Our Own!

Our own Valerie Williams (Aramark Food Services), always smiling and there to help in the Buc, suffered a house fire on October 24. If you have any of the following items to donate they would be greatly appreciated:

  • Dishes
  • Pots/Pans
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Blankets, bedding
  • Curtains
  • Table

All items and donations can be left in the outer offices of Campus Ministry (now across from the Buc) or in the Counseling Center office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If no one is in the offices, please slide under Sadie Lisenby’s or Margretta daLomba Dobbs’ office door.

Elvis Sighting on CBU Campus

Larry Rutledge (CBU Certified Lab Manager), Henry Rhodes (Engineering Technician), and Bob Moats (Engineering Technician) with the Elvis TS-122

Larry Rutledge (CBU Certified Lab Manager), Henry Rhodes (Engineering Technician), and Bob Moats (Engineering Technician) with the Elvis TS-122

The CBU Certified Packaging Lab is expanding. Recently, the lab has acquired a new vibration test system, the Elvis TS-122, manufactured by Lansmont. It can test packages up to 800 lb., which is more than ten times more capacity than the existing vibration table.  Elvis weighs about 7,000 lbs. This new equipment will expand CBU’s testing service and research capabilities. More photos are available in the CBU Packaging Facebook photo album.

Floats? Bingo? Singing? Success!

The CBU Honors Program says, “Thanks, CBU, for making the Incredible Root Beer Float Bingo Singalong a smashing success!

The Incredible Root Beer Float Bingo Singalong was a fundraiser held October 25 to send six CBU Honors Program students to the national conference in New Orleans November 6-10. Over 100 people enjoyed root beer (and other) floats, bingo, Minute to Win It death matches, and some good old fashioned sing-alongs, led by Dr. Mary Ogilvie. Thanks to everyone’s support, the event raised over $4000 and will pay most of the students’ expenses. Looks like we’ll see you again next year!!!
Pictured above: George Ryan Weske, son of Dr. Jennifer Weske (Accounting), defeats Dr. Maureen O’Brien (Behavioral Sciences) in the Penne Pickup death match. For more pictures, visit the Honors Program Facebook album.

CBU Pumpkin Carving at the Fire Pit

Student Life fired up the LLC fire pit on October 24, cranked up some music, toasted s‘mores and carved a bunch of pumpkins. As many as 180 residents, faculty, and staff members came out and participated in CBU’s 2nd annual Pumpkin Carving.  Everyone all had a great time! The pumpkins are still on display right outside of the LLC Commons.(Photos by Alton Wade)


International Student Host Families Needed

Over the years, numerous CBU faculty and staff have opened their hearts and homes to CBU international students during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.  For many international students, sharing a holiday meal with an American family is an experience they’ll remember for years to come.

In keeping with this tradition, please share your home and traditions with an international student this year. If you would like to invite a student to your home for a Thanksgiving and/or Christmas meal, please email

Mobile Mammography Unit at CBU

mobile_mammographyIs it time for your mammogram? Baptist Women’s Hospital will have the Mobile Mammography Unit at CBU on Thursday, November 14. Digital Screening is a convenient 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment contact Katherine Misee at (901) 321-3307. Pre-registration is required. Return your completed forms to Katherine or fax directly to Baptist at (901) 226-0839.

Participants for screening mammograms on the mobile unit MUST:

  • Be 35 years or older
  • Have no symptoms (new lumps or masses)
  • Have no personal history of breast cancer
  • Not be pregnant or nursing
  • Have a PHYSICIAN to receive mammography results
  • Have seen your physician within the last three years
  • Be able to walk up stairs and stand alone

Just bring your patient forms, Insurance card and ID, and we take care of the rest.

Upcoming Events

Copeland• DISTINGUISHED CATHOLIC LECTOR SERIES: The Department of Religion and Philosophy will host Dr. M. Shawn Copeland on November 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Dr. Copeland, Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, will speak on the topic of “The Beloved Community and The Mystical Body of Christ.” Over the past several years, theologians have come to recognize Martin Luther King’s agenda for social transformation as a practical-political theology. This lecture draws out the theological orientation of the Civil Rights Movement, since the deepest goal of that work was neither desegregation, nor integration, but the achievement of “the beloved community,” a concrete realization of the Catholic notion of the Mystical Body of Christ. Dr. Copeland is the author of Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race and Being and The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille, as well as the principal editor ofUncommon Faithfulness: the Black Catholic Experience, among many other works. Dr. Copeland has been recognized for her theological scholarship by Barry University with the Yves Congar Award for Excellence in Theology, and for her advocacy by the Black Women’s Community Development Foundation with the Sojourner Truth Award. She is a former Convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS) and a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

GOOD MORNING COMMUTERS: Student Life will present a “Good Morning Commuters Breakfast” on Wednesday, November 6 outside of St. Joseph Hall, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Stop by on your way to class for free coffee, juice and breakfast goodies!

SAVE YOUR SEMESTER WORKSHOP: It’s not too late to bounce back from a rough beginning to the semester!  Academic Services will present a “Save Your Semester” workshop on Thursday, November 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Buckman Hall 112.  WeThe workshop will include tips to help you improve your academic performance and to manage your time for the remainder of the semester. This is a great workshop for anyone who has never attended an Academic Services workshop, as it will include the best and most helpful tips from the many workshops they offer. Please email Tia Kofahl at for more information or to RSVP.

• COMMUNITY GARDEN PARTY: Students in Dr. Ben Jordan’s HUM 210 Introduction to Sustainability class will host a party in the CBU Community Garden on November 8 at 3:35 p.m. The event will focus on relating sustainable living with community horticulture. FREE PIZZA (Pizza Hut stuffed crust), FREE SODA (Coke only) and FREE GARDENING SEEDS (20 different types) will be provided to all attendees. The seeds can be either planted at home or at the garden. In the event of poor weather conditions, the event will be moved to the Living Learning Center classroom.

BOWLING FOR UGANDA: Beta Beta Beta, CBU’s Biology Honor Society, presents the annual Bowling for Uganda benefit bowling tournament on Friday, November 15 at Billy Hardwick’s Lanes (1576 S. White Station Road) at 6:00 p.m. Teams will consist of 4-5 people. $20 per person (or $15 with 2 sponsorships) – sponsorship forms and team packets are available in Dr. Mary Ogilvie’s office (Cooper-Wilson 113). All teams get pizza and drinks! All proceeds go to the benefit of Hope North Uganda, an accredited secondary school located on a 40-acre campus with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, designed to educate and heal the young victims of Uganda’s civil war.

Wes_Moore• WES MOORE AT CBU:  The CBU Fresh Reads program, in partnership with the Commercial Appeal and Facing History and Ourselves and through a sponsorship by International Paper, will host Wes Moore in the University Theater on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. Moore is the author of this year’s Fresh Reads selection, The Other Wes Moorewhich tells the true story of two kids with same name, living in similar family situations in similar rough neighborhoods. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. More info>>>

Catch Some Spirit with the Deckhands!

The CBU Deckhands Faculty/Staff Dance Team and guest star Wilson Phillips will be slingshotting Little Debbies, CBU growl towels, and t-shirts at this Tuesday’s 7:00 p.m. volleyball match against North Alabama. Come out and catch some spirit!

Brought to you by It’s a Great Day at CBU, the Deckhands will be appearing at the following CBU athletic events:

  • Saturday, November 16 at the 2:00 p.m. women’s basketball game (dance performance)
  • Tuesday, November 26 at the 7:00 p.m. men’s basketball game (dance performance)
  • Thursday, January 16 between the 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. basketball games (slingshotting goodies)
  • Saturday, January 18 between the 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. basketball games (dance performance)

Your CBU Deckhands are Dr. Tracie Burke, Dr. Divya Choudhary, Sarah Condra, Professor Sandra Davis, Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Dr. Karen Golightly, Dr. Jeff Gross, Professor Cathy Grilli, Melissa Hanson, Dr. Kelly James, Dr. Anne Kenworthy, Dr. Teri Mason, Professor Chanda Murphy (Deckhands Coach), Dr. Maureen O’Brien, Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger, Stacey Trotter, Professor Eliza Warren, Dr. Jennifer Weske, and Dr. John Young. And from time to time, they will be joined by special guest-stars!

Buccaneer Bulletin

MEN’S SOCCER (7-8-1, 5-7-1 GSC)
10/25: Bucs 1West Florida 2 (at Pensacola, FL)
10/27: Bucs 4, West Alabama 2 (at Livingston, AL)

WOMEN’S SOCCER (11-3-2, 5-3-1 GSC)
10/25: Lady Bucs 0West Florida 4 (at Pensacola, FL)
10/27: Lady Bucs 2, West Alabama 1 (at Livingston, AL)

VOLLEYBALL (8-14, 4-5 GSC)
10/22: Lady Bucs 3, Union 0 (at Canale Arena)

10/26: Gulf South Conference Championship (at Hoover, AL) Bucs 5 of 7 teams; Mason Shepherd led the Bucs (33 of 72 runners; 27:27.09 ); Lady Bucs 11 of 11 teams; Courtney Morris led the Lady Bucs (34 of 84 runners; 20:46.02)

10/30: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 2:00 p.m.)
11/02: Palm Beach Atlantic University (Signaigo Field; 5:00 p.m.)

10/30: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 1:00 p.m.)
11/03: University of North Alabama (Signaigo Field; 1:00 p.m.)

10/29: University of North Alabama (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
11/01: University of West Florida (Canale Arena; 6:00 p.m.)
11/02: University of West Alabama (Canale Arena; 1:00 p.m.)

10/28-29: Matt Dyas Invitational (Carrollton, GA)

Seidman Lecture: Brenner on Cybersecurity

brennerJoel F. Brenner, former national counterintelligence executive and mission manager for counterintelligence at the Office of the National Counterintelligence (CI) Executive, will be the keynote speaker at the Fall 2013 M.L. Seidman Town Hall Lecture on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.

Brenner will address the topic “Cyberattack: A Threat to National Security. Protecting our Nation, our Businesses and Ourselves.” Brenner is a cybersecurity expert and provides business strategies on this complex issue. Currently, he specializes in data protection and privacy, network security, intelligence law, and the regulation of sensitive cross-border transactions at Cooley LLP. He has represented companies and individuals in a wide variety of transactions and proceedings including sensitive foreign acquisitions and overseas operations, the liability of foreign governments, export controls, and internal corporate investigations. He has years of experience inside and outside government involving national and homeland security.

More info>>>

The Incredible Root Beer Float Bingo Singalong

On Friday, October 25, come to  Alfonso Dining Hall at 7:00 p.m. and experience something you won’t get a chance to… ever again. The Incredible Root Beer Float Bingo Singalong. You’ll leave wondering, “Could I have had any more fun?”

During your root beer (or other flavor) float-induced haze, you’ll be playing bingo… extreme bingo. After completing that magical pattern, you’ll have to wait for another winner to compete in a bingo death* match. The winner takes all! (*Death, here, refers to things like hugging, balancing cookies on your face, etc.)

Then, as if it even could get any more awesome, the lovely and talented Dr. Mary Ogilvie will be spontaneously leading in singalongs. There will also be some funtastic prizes! BYOB and snacks, if you wish.

$20 in advance, $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, email Tracie Burke at or go to

Proceeds will help send seven Honors Program students to New Orleans in November for the National Honors Conference.  Thank you so much for your support! 

Trick-ARRRR-Treat at CBU!

Follow the pirate’s treasure map around campus and discover yummy treats along the way at CBU’s annual Trick-ARRR-Treat celebration on Sunday, October 27. Open to all members of the CBU Community. All ages welcome — costumes required for all trick-ARRR-treaters! The festivities start at 6:00 p.m., with the treasure hunt beginning at the Cooper-Wilson Center.

Be sure to visit the Haunted House in Kenrick Hall and then join in the Monster Mash Celebration in the Buc Grill — celebrate beer in the Buc and have a spooky good time! Purchase your $10 commemorative Buc pint glass and enjoy your first two draft beers on CBUI! Entertainment will be provided by DJ John Dawson.

Register for this FUN event online here!

This Week’s Events


• POETRY READING: The Department of Literature & Languages is presenting a poetry reading by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie on Tuesday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Kenrick Hall 200. Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the recipient of a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora working in urban and non-traditional settings. Her writing has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Crab Orchard ReviewBOMBParis/AtlanticGoTell Michelle (SUNY), Listen Up! (One World Ballantine) and Revenge and Forgiveness (Henry Holt). She has appeared on Dutch television and her work has been the subject of the short film I Leave My Colors Everywhere. For more information, contact Dr. Karen Golightly at

GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION: The CBU Community is invited to attend a reception honoring Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut‘s Golden Jubilee — his 50th anniversary of becoming a Christian Brother — on Tuesday, October 22 at 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge.

JAPAN EXCHANGE & TEACHING PROGRAM: Ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Japan? The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, which is sponsored by the Japanese government, offers you the opportunity to engage in intercultural exchange through language teaching in the Japanese public education system or by working in a local Japanese government office. Although no prior teaching experience and no prior Japanese-language skills are necessary for teaching positions, successful JET Program applicants must have a strong sense of responsibility, a genuine interest in learning about Japan, and an ability to adapt to a different culture and new situations.  In order to be eligible to apply to the program, applicants must be US citizens and have obtained a bachelor’s degree in any field by July 1 of their departure year. Students or alumni interested in learning more about the JET Program (for 2014 or future years) are invited to attend an information session which will introduce the JET Program and detail the benefits and qualifications to apply.  Please join JET alum Tia Kofahl on Wednesday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. in Buckman 102 to learn more about the program.  If you have questions, please contact Tia Kofahl at  Complete eligibility requirements and applications can be found here:

• BSA TALENT SHOW AUDITION: CBU’s Got Talent! Do you have a talent that needs to be displayed? Are you the next Beyoncé or Mariah Carey? Do you have moves like Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, or Ciara? Sign-up for BSA’s Talent Show! The Black Student Association will be hosting a Talent Show Friday, November 22 in the University Theater. Rehearsal and auditions start this Wednesday, October 23, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.  Can’t make it Wednesday? Come by next Wednesday, October 30, same time, same place.

YEARBOOK CLUB INTEREST MEETING: Interested in layout? How about photography? Well, the Yearbook Club is the place for you! We do not have a CBU Yearbook on campus and will be starting one! If you are interested in joining and helping us put together an awesome yearbook for the University, please come to an interest meeting Thursday, October 24th at 4:00 p.m. in the LLC classroom. If you have any questions, contact Melissa Dollar or Reggie Raney at

TRI-BETA MOCK INTERVIEWS: Attention all sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in health care graduate programs: Tri Beta will be hosting mock interviews on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. This event will consist of interviews with physicians, optometrists, and other health care professionals related to your field of interest. These interviews are intended to help you prepare for future interviews that are needed to get into graduate programs. Please contact the Pre-health chair members Brent McGlaughlin at or Ryan Tomlinson at with with any questions.

WE’RE GOING TO GRACELAND: Congratulations to Kiara Suggs and Daniel Schenck for winning FREE Graceland tickets.  Any CBU Student interested in going to Graceland Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m. can sign up online now for  $5 tickets at include a Platinum Tour of Graceland, lunch at the Chrome Grille Restaurant, and parking. Sign up now — tickets are going fast!  Please contact Thien Nguyen at in the Student Life Office for more information.


Elton Banks (Biomedical Science ’14) presented “Analysis of Expression Patterns of Hamartin and Tuberin in Animal Models with High Fat Diets” at the Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Projects Symposium on October 3. His mentor was Luiz Britto, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.

Anna Birg (Biochemistry ’14) has been accepted into the Fall 2014 entering class of the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis.

Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) spoke on a panel on “The Spirituality of Eating” on October 3 at St. John¹s United Methodist Church, part of the first symposium sponsored by the Memphis Center for Food and Faith.

J. D. Wolfe (Biology ’15) presented “The Anatomical, Functional, and Electrophysiological Evaluation of the Visual System in Albinism Carriers: A Clinical and Laboratory Study” at the Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Projects Symposium on October 3. His mentor was Dora Fix Ventura, Department of Experimental Psychology, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.

Erika Yates (Biochemistry ’140 has been accepted into the Fall 2014 entering class of the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis.

Faculty & Staff News

croneDonna Crone has been appointed Interim Athletics Director, following the passing of Joe Nadicksbernd last month. She has been Senior Woman Administrator for the past 12 years and Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance for the past four years. Assistant Athletics Director Mike Nienaber and Administrative Assistant Susan Fuller will also share more responsibilities in the Department of Athletics.

A 1983 alumna, Crone played basketball and tennis as a student at CBU. She served as head softball coach for 10 years, coaching 16 All-GSC players and two GSC Freshmen of the Year. In her first season, her team set an NCAA record which still stands with seven triples in a game. Crone, the school’s all-time winningest coach, led CBU to its four highest win totals.

Career Services Calendar

• Tuesday, October 22: Pizza & Professionals with Shoemaker Financial; 12:30 p.m., St. Joseph 10
Wednesday, October 23: First Impressions Series — Suits & Success: Professional Attire, Montesi, 6:00–7:00 p.m., arrive at 5:45 for dinner
Thursday, October 24: Pizza & Professionals with Dupont Nutrition & Health, Buckman 102, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29: Pizza & Professionals with Regions Bank, St. Joseph 10, 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 31: Majors Fair promoting your academic disciplines, Sabbatini Lounge, 12:00–2:00 p.m.

Important Dates & News from the Registrar

NEW CLASS SCHEDULE SEARCH: As we gear up for advising and registration you will find a new search available for the course schedule through the main CBU web page. Beginning with the Spring 2014 semester, you will  be able to search by attribute (honors), instructional method (online), and campus (main or CAPS) in addition to the previous search options.  There is also more course information available for each course  (pre-requisites).

Please note only APS students may take courses that are offered on the CAPS campus.
The Spring and Summer Course Schedules are now available on the Web.

• October 28: Graduate & Adult Professional Studies Students
• November 11: Day Seniors
• November 13: Day Juniors
• November 15: Day Sophomores
• November 19: Day Freshmen

Undergraduate Day & APS (Evening) students meet with their advisors to receive their alternate PIN. Contact your advisor 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: Last day to withdraw from a 16-week course
• November 22: Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 8-week course
The Fall Final Exam schedules are posted on the Registrar’s website for Day and APS.

CBU Engineering News

The CBU Student Branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) joined with the University of Memphis Student Branch to host a resume and interview workshop at CBU on October 5. The workshop was led by Mark Zurkammer of the CT Groups, a free career-transition support network that provides free support to those seeking support during career transition, for the first-time job seekers or those concerned about their current employment security.  The CT Groups do not receive any gifts, donations or funding from any source. Pictured above are Patrick McGinnis (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ’14) and Kevin Love (University of Memphis)  presenting Mark Zurkammer with an award of appreciation for his work with the student branch of IEEE.

PACKAGING LAB RE-CERTIFIED: The International Safe Transit Association has recently re-certified the CBU Packaging Lab until October 2015 for the following test protocols: 1A, 1C, 1G, 2A, 3A, 3F, and 6-FEDEX-A. The CBU lab has been certified since October 2009. Recertification of a commercial lab is required every two years to ensure the equipment is well maintained and tests are conducted by qualified personnel. CBU’s lab, under the leadership of Mr. Larry Rutledge, who was FedEx Packaging Lab Manager for 18 years until his retirement, has been growing. Recently, the lab has acquired a vibration test system with a 800-lb. payload capacity from the Michigan State lab and it is expected to be operational in early November. In addition, the CBU lab will also get an incline impact tester from FedEx in mid-November. These two new pieces of equipment will allow the CBU lab to be certified for more ISTA test protocols, which will make it a more comprehensive commercial lab. For a lab tour, please contact Dr. Pong Malasri, Packaging Department Chair, at

PACKAGING CONSORTIUM JOURNAL: Cloud Publications (Noida, NCR Delhi, India) and the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium formally announced a collaboration in designating the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology (IJAPT) as the official journal of the consortium on October17. IJAPT is part of the Cloud Journals family which is under the parent company, Cloud Publications.

BLACK GIRLS CODE WORKSHOP: The CBU School of Engineering will host “Build a Game in a Day w/Scratch” in conjunction with the Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE on November 2, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This workshop will focus on game development using Scratch, a programming project spearheaded by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Taught by Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering), the workshop will be geared towards introducing girls ages 10-17 to animation, gaming, and creating interactive stories. The workshop is designed to encourage student-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play, and code in real-time. Black Girls CODE is a national organization whose mission is to empower young women of color between the ages of 7-18 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators.

In Memoriam

Rev. Robert Carroll Wheatley, Vice President for Student Development Services at CBU in 1987-88, died on October 7 at his residence in Hardinsburg, KY. Father Carroll was also a veteran of the United States Navy where he served his country for over 20 years, 14 of them as a Command Chaplain. Condolences can be made at

Free Starbucks Coffee!

For a chance to win one of twenty $5 gift cards from Starbucks… all you have to do is participate in a psychology study in the Psychology Lab (i.e., rooms located on the second floor of  Kenrick Hall). Your participation will help the student-researchers in Behavioral Sciences complete a course project!

Online Studies Do NOT Count!

To create a participant account and participate in the studies of your choice, go to Please complete your participation by Tuesday, November 5. For help signing up for a study, please contact Stephen Schenck in Kenrick Hall 207 or email

Student Callers Wanted

Looking to make a little extra cash? Enjoy talking on the phone? Apply to work on the CBU Phonathon!

Following specialized training on automated calling software, you will contact CBU alumni and friends to ask for their support and financial commitment to CBU. You will also verify and obtain new and existing contact information. It’s a great resume builder!

Job Requirements:

  • Outgoing
  • Friendly
  • Hard working
  • Energetic
  • Excellent communication ckills
  • Proper phone etiquette
  • Call Center experience NOT required
  • Handle personal information with extreme confidentiality

Shifts are available October 26 through November 14:

  • Monday-Friday 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Apply now at (entry code CBU13F). Please contact with any questions.

CBU Discounts at Central Automotive

centralautoCentral Automotive (2189 Central Avenue) is now offering a discount program for CBU students, faculty, staff and alumni. Provide a CBU student, faculty/staff or alumni ID and receive the following discounts and services:

  • Service Repairs – 10% off parts and labor
  • Oil Changes – $ 8.00 off
  • Tires – $25.00 above cost on each tire plus $12.00 each mount and balance
  • Free Roadside Assistance with each service of $25.00 or more
  • Shuttle service to CBU campus

Central Automotive is a complete automotive repair facility managed by CBU alumni, providing oil changes, tire mount and balance, routine maintenance, computer diagnostics, A/C & heating repair, brake service and repair, electrical repair, fuel system service and repair, and more.

Central Automotive is only a five-minute walk from campus. Call (901) 725-4766 or email