Founder’s Week

Founder’s Week at CBU begins on Monday, April 7, the official feast day of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and patron saint of teachers. As the Bell Tower tolls each day at noon this week, you are asked to pause wherever you may be on campus and simply say to yourself or in a group together “Let Us Remember We Are in the Holy Presence of God.” The Founder began each day this way and has handed the invocation down for nearly 350 years.

Founder’s Week Heritage Mass, celebrated at Christian Brothers High School, will begin the week. Bishop Terry Steib will celebrate the Mass, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Brothers, faculty and staff, SGA Officers, Lasallian Fellows, and students are all invited to CBHS for this special Mass. Following the religious service, a continental breakfast will be served.

Also on April 7, the CBU Athletic Department will host the annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament at Mirimichi Golf Course at 1:00 p.m. The President’s team includes two of our CBU Brothers. A Founder’s Week Prayer will be offered at lunch in Alfonso Dining Hall by our CBU Lasallian Fellows.

To further promote one of the pillars of the institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, our Student Life Department and Campus Ministry will jointly sponsor a clothing drive through Catholic Charities in Memphis. The drive will begin on Tuesday, April 8 and conclude on Wednesday evening.

Prayer Service will be offered at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, with the Brothers leading in song.

The clothing drive will continue all day on Wednesday, April 9 and conclude that evening. CBU’s first “Together For Mission Reception” on Wednesday will honor approximately 40 administrators, faculty, staff, and students have enrolled in or graduated from a variety of Lasallian Studies (such as the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, Lasallian Leadership Institute, or the International Lasallian University Leadership program) and programs, workshops, etc. on campus or locally. Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award winners over the years at CBU are also welcome! The reception will be hosted by the Brothers Community.

Plough Library will introduce its Lasallian Section on Wednesday, 1:00-2:00 p.m., and at 3:15 p.m., everyone is invited to gather on the Front Lawn on East Parkway to form a human Lasallian Star of Faith.

Examples of Stars of Faith (click to enlarge)

The President’s Community Conversation for faculty and staff will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, with an opening prayer provided by the Christian Brothers of the Lambert Hall Community. The Brothers will also host dinner in Alfonso Dining Hall on Thursday, providing special Lasallian treats.

This Week at CBU

BROTHER MARK SULLIVAN GOLF TOURNAMENT: The annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament, benefitting CBU Athletics, will be held Monday, April 7 at Mirimichi (6195 Woodstock Cuba Rd., Millington). Registration begins at 12:00 p.m., with a Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m. Four-person teams will compete in the tournament which includes greens fees, cart, three flights, 1st and 2nd place prizes, door prizes, a putting contest, a longest drive contest, hole-in-one contests, and lunch. For more information, contact Stephen Kirkpatrick at (901) 321-4036 or

dennis_rainey_webDOROTHY & KEMMONS WILSON SPEAKER SERIES: The Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson Speaker Series will be held t Christ United Methodist Church which will be held on April 7 at 7:00 p.m., featuring guest speaker Dennis Rainey. Dennis Rainey is an author, speaker and CEO and host of “Family Life Today,” a nationally syndicated radio program. He is a champion for marriage and the family and has authored or co-authored more than two dozen books including the best selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close. He has also received two Golden Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Rainey serves as the senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series which has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been translated into 47 languages. The Wilson Speaker Series is a family event and free to the public. It was created to honor the legacy of Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson and their Christian faith.

CAREER SERVICES CALENDAR: Career Services will host “Career Power Half Hour – Social Media Networking” on Tuesday, April 8 in Buckman 102, 1:00-1:30 p.m. “Pizza & Professionals with AFLAC” will be held on Thursday, April 10 in Buckman 102, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

JAIL ‘N’ BAIL: Postponed due to weather last week, Alpha Xi Delta’s annual Jail ‘n’ Bail event for Autism Speaks will be held Thursday, April 10 in the Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Warrants will be on sale throughout the week.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President for faculty and staff has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 10 beginning with snacks at 12:30 p.m. in the University Theater. 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.

PLANTING PARTY: Come out and join the members of the Honors Capstone Spirituality and Ethics of Eating course in planting the CBU Community Garden! The planting party will be on Thursday, April 10 from 3:30 to 5:30 in CBU’s lovely community garden by Stritch. We will have light refreshments, seeds to plant, and a jolly good time. Find the event on Facebook.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: Come out to Buckman Quad on Friday, April 11 at 11:00 to sample the flavors, sights and sounds of international cultures at CBU! Sample foods from local restaurants, peruse products from local international businesses, and enjoy a variety of ethnic entertainment.

LaBohemeART GALLERY OPENING: An opening reception for “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera — On Canvas,” an exhibition of paintings by Martha Stephens will be held Friday, April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery on the lower level of Plough Library. The exhibit will be on display through May 22. Pictured at right is Stephens’ painting entitled La Boheme.

THE BUCS ARE TAKING OVER AUTOZONE PARK for the Redbirds’ opening home game on on Friday, April 11! FREE tickets for students and CBU faculty/staff as long as they last! Alumni tickets only $5.00! Registration is good for one free ticket, with the option of purchasing extras up to five additional tickets at $5 each. Click on the appropriate link to get your tickets: • STUDENTS  • CAPS STUDENTS • FACULTY/STAFF  • ALUMNI
Tickets include dinner at the Right Field Pavilion, and a t-shirt for the game. Students will be provided bus transportation from Central Lot at 6:15 p.m. An email will be sent to reserved ticket holders when tickets and t-shirts are available for pick up. 

MemphisCupofNationsCUP OF NATIONS SOCCER TOURNAMENT:  CBU will host the first annual Memphis Cup of Nations Soccer Tournament and Festival on April 12. The all-day event will be held at CBU’s Signaigo Field, with soccer matches featuring 16 local men’s amateur teams, as well as a festival for players’ families and community members.  Each team will represent a different nationality. The event’s purpose is to seize the universal passion for soccer to cultivate lasting friendships and build a sense of camaraderie amongst the international and immigrant communities of our city. CBU is partnering with Christ United Methodist Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Soccer, Barnhart Crane, World Relief, and USSSA Soccer for this event. International teams wishing to participate in the Memphis Cup of Nations 2014 must complete a registration form, but the event is free. Teams of any level representing any nation are welcome. Visit for more information. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! The tournament is seeking Set-Up Crew, Hospitality, Scorers, Ball Retrievers, Field Directors, Greeters, PA Announcers, Tear-Down Crew, and Festival Volunteers. Sign up to volunteer online here>>>

CAREER TRANSITIONS WORKSHOP: Whether you choose to make changes in your career or change finds you, at some point, change is coming. If you¹re feeling stuck, uncertain or downright anxious, please join Jen Frank, Certified Professional Life Coach, on Saturday, April 12, to learn more about navigating change and making successful career transitions.  In addition, if you can’t easily answer the questions who am I?, what do I want? and why?,  this workshop will help you begin to find those answers. Armed with this self-knowledge, you¹ll feel more confident being the CEO of your life and career — and making the decisions that will get you to where you want to be. For more information about your workshop leader, see  This is a free event for all CBU Alumni, sponsored by CBU Career Services. Buckman Hall 102, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

BOOKSIGNING: Fr. David Knight (Catholic Studies) and Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religious Studies ’11, Catholic Studies ’18) will have a booksigning at St. Paul Book & Gift Store (5101 Sanderlin) on April 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m. All current CBU students, faculty, friends, benefactors, and alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend.

3… 2… 1…. Ignite CBU!

Ignite-LogoIgnite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At theses events, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes. And, for the second year, CBU is presenting its own Ignite show.

Ignite CBU! will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, under the auspices of the CBU Honors Program and the CBU Alumni office. The line-up this year promises to be diverse, entertaining, and (above all) quickly enlightening.

• “Journalism Disrupted: Entrepreneurs and the Nouveau Niche” by Burton Bridges(Economics and Finance ’09)
• “Why I CHOOSE to be an Educator: The Importance of STEM Education” by Tiffany Corkran (Physics ’15)
• “Another Side of Female Objectification” by Bijou Coulibaly (Accounting ’16) andTaylor Goode (Psychology ’14)
• “Moral Relativism” by Eddie Gallarno (Mathematics ’15)
• “Modernly Convenient” by Patrick Ghant (Business Administration ’15) and Travis Whiteside (Business Administration ’15)
• “I Hate Math” by Rebekah Herrman (Mathematics and Physics ’14)
• “5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Server Hate You AND Why Tipping is SO IMPORTANT” by Danielle Hobbs (Psychology ’13)
• “Friendship is Awesome” by Noah Kelley (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ’16)
• “Tips to Study Better” by Michael MacMiller (Psychology ’15)
• “How Gaming Can Improve Our Educational System” by Breanna Nikaido(Computer Science and Electrical Engineering ’16)
• “The ‘R’ Word” by Payton Powers (Undecided ’17)
• “Creating Your Brand” by Jordan Smith (Creative Writing ’14)
• “Why I Will Probably Never Amount to Anything” by Kierra Turner (Biology ’16)
• “Wauford Enterprises” by Becky Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16)

There are videos of  last year’s Ignite CBU! at the Honors Program YouTube Channel, but below is one to whet your appetite for more.

Welcome to CBU!

carolyn-headCarolyn Head, CBU’s next CFO and Vice President for Administration & Finance, will begin work on campus this week in preparation for assuming her new position on June 1. Carolyn comes to CBU from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she has served as the chief budget officer for the College of Medicine since January 2011, overseeing approximately $400 million in resources from tuition, research, state funding, contracts, practice plans, and endowments. She has also been the owner of her own public accounting firm, Management Consulting & Accounting Services, since 2002 and previously served as accounting and business manager for the UT Medical Group. Please join with the Campus Community in wishing her a warm CBU welcome!


Dr. John Varriano (Physics & Natural Science) has been selected as the recipient of the NACADA Region III Excellence in Advising ­ Faculty Role award  for the state of Tennessee. Dr. Varriano was awarded CBU’s Outstanding Academic Advisor Award last September at the CBU Academic Convocation — and is the fourth straight CBU advisor to receive the state award!

R. Terry Newsom (Nursing ’14) has been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing.

The members of the CBU IEEE Branch attended IEEE SoutheastCon 2014 in Lexington, KY in March. The team of Shilpa Appurubugatha, Sean Dantis, and Zach Winters placed first in the Paper/Presentation competition and the team of Shilpa Appurubugatha, Sean Dantis, Zach Winters, Jonas Broughman, and Melissa Dollar placed second in the T-Shirt Design competition. Others attending were Josh Swillum, Nicholas McKee, and Htet Cho Oo on the Software Competition team; Brennan Powers, Jay Counce, and Cody Crow on the Robotic Competition team; as well as Patrick McGinnis and Sean Dantis on the Website competition team. More than 100 electrical engineering schools in the Southeast attend the conference. CBU has placed in the top three in the paper competition in 30 of the 54 years that CBU has competed.

Laura Nathan (Nursing ’13) and Roni Dillard (Nursing ’13) ­were name Nursing Stars by Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare annual recognition event to celebrate outstanding nurses throughout the system. Laura works at Methodist University, and Roni works at Methodist North.

Several CBU presenters took Best Paper Awards at the 2014 Tennessee Academy of Sciences held at CBU on April 5. Sarah Fay (CBU REAP student, Collierville High School) took third place for “Heavy metal uptake by lichens in an urban environment” (coauthored with Br. Thomas Sullivan and Lynda Miller) in the Organismal Biology session; Cale Baskin took second place honors for “SD-OCT scanning of the optic nerve in diagnosis of glaucoma” (coauthored with Eric Sigler) in the Health and Medical Sciences session; Hope Gilbertson won third place for “Preclinical assessment of gemcitabine as an effective new treatment of Ependymoma” (coauthored with Nidal Boulos, Jason Dapper, and Richard Gilbertson) in the Health and Medical Sciences session; Shilpa Appurubugatha, Sean Dantis, and Matthew Winters won first place for “Escape from the minefield” in the Engineering session; Adam Tekle and Viet Minh Tong took second place for “The Smart Cube Solver” in the Engineering session; Jerry W. Counce, Cody R. Crow, and Michael B. Powers took third place for “IEEE SoutheastCon 2014 hardware competition” in the Engineering session. In the Poster session, John D. Wolfe took second place for “Visual acuity and genetic classification of subjects with either Type I or Type II Oculocutaneous Albinism” (coauthored with Ronaldo Y. Sano, Einat Hauzman, Daniela M.O. Bonci, Malinda Fitzgerald, and Dora F. Ventura).

News at CBU

DEEP SOUTH CONFERENCE: The CBU ASCE student chapter and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering hosted the 2014 ASCE Deep South Conference on March 27-29. On Thursday evening, an orientation meeting, icebreaker, and community service project were held at Christian Brothers High School. The community service project consisted of making baby blankets for a local non-profit organization. On Friday, the surveying competition and the concrete canoe races were held at Shelby Farms. The steel bridge comp technical paper and mystery competitions were held at the Agricenter on Saturday. The awards banquet was held at the Agricenter on Saturday evening. Thirteen universities from West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana attended the conference. Approximately 300 students and faculty advisors attended the three-day event. Thank you to all of the faculty, staff, and students who helped make the conference a tremendous success. Special Thanks to Lauren Harett, Conference Chair, for organizing the event and to Patrick McGinnis, who designed the webpage, automated the registration, and provided the technology to stream the concrete canoe races and steel bridge competition over the internet. Please see for videos and pictures of the conference.

ENVISION 2014: The Closing Session and Presentations of the ENVISION 2104 Program were held on April 3 in the Canale Arena Skybox. ENVISION is a program that enables first-year students to develop leadership skills through the challenge of tackling campus issues directly. As a part of ENVISION, students work in small groups to research campus issues and divide into teams to research what has been done in the past, develop a new proposal, and receive feedback.

Lauren Jeu, Jenny Lam, and Nicholas Doseler present their research and recommendations on the topic of "Commuter Engagement."

Lauren Jeu, Jenny Lam, and Nicholas Doseler present their research and recommendations on the topic of “Commuter Engagement.”

The six teams tackled the topics of School Spirit (Sam Tope-ojo, David Lawson, Drew King, and Rakesha Gray), Dining Services (Sarah Marie Bellou, Vuth Tram, Fatima Escobar, Baraka Douglas, and Jeremy Gonzalez), Diversity Issues (Taylor Flake, Madyson Levy, Sam Savage), Commuter Engagement (Nicholas Doseler, Jenny Lam, and Lauren Jeu), Freshman Transition (Samantha Bennett, Sushma Kalava, Alex Othman, Natalie Sterling, and Jasmine Franklin), and Memphis Community (Jazmin Westbrook, Joel Moore, and Angie Brown). This method of experiential learning enables students to be more aware and effective leaders at CBU. ENVISION is limited to 30 participants, and an application process is required.

BATTLE ANNIVERSARY: The CBU Civil War History Class travelled to Shiloh Battlefield on April 5 for the 152nd anniversary of the battle? The class heard Dr. Doug Cupples (History & Political Science, Adjunct) and Dr. Marius Carriere (History & Political Science) discuss the importance of the battle.

A group of CBU faculty, staff, and students continued the multicultural celebration at CBU with a visit to the Chucalissa Indian Museum on April 5. Pictured above (l-r): Jessica Voyles (Psychology ’16), Dr. Teri Mason (Adult Professional Studies), Karen Conway-Barnett (Student Life), Dr. Mary Campbell (Behavioral Science), Christini Fernando (Natural Science ’13), Blair Jefferson (Business Administration ’16), and Thien Nyugen (Student Life). Not pictured is Dr. Timothy Doyle (Student Life).

Fund for Dr. Rena Durr

Dr. Rena Durr, former CBU Professor of Psychology, retired in May 2012 because of health problems. She is a two-time cancer survivor and is now facing serious health problems again. After moving to Baton Rouge, LA in 2012, she has had major surgery and is having to continue costly medical treatments. A fund has been set up to help Dr. Durr afford her treatments, medications, and other related expenses. If you would like to send a card or make a donation, you may send them to: The Mail Bag, 7575 Jefferson Highway # 313, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

Sustain a Book Art Contest: Deadline Near!

"Flight of Legend" by Austyn Harriman (Ecology '16)

“Flight of Legend” by Austyn Harriman (Ecology ’16)

In line with Christian Brothers University’s sustainability efforts, Plough Library is still accepting entries for Sustain a Book, a repurposed paper art contest open to CBU students, faculty, and staff. Make something decorative or functional — or both!  See the library’s Pinterest page for project ideas and inspiration.

Entries, along with a completed entry form (PDF) are due at the Plough Library Reference Desk by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14. Winners will be announced during CBU’s Earth Week festivities.

You can:

  • Use an old book of your own, or take one from our Free Book shelf in the library foyer. Please only use books in poor condition. The goal of this contest is to give worn or cast-off pages new life.
  • Use more than one book, along with any other type of discarded paper material (newspaper, magazines).
  • Use other materials, as long as a book is part of the finished piece.
  • Make something of any size, preferably under 2 feet square in dimension. (NOTE: Larger items will not be disqualified, but they will be more difficult to accommodate in the library display of all Sustain a Book entries.)

Win a prize and the acclaim of the entire CBU community!  Prizes will be Amazon gift cards in the amount of $75 (1st place),  $50 (2nd place), and $25 (3rd place).

Sustain a Book was inspired by Claremont College’s successful re:book contestLearn more.

Student Life & Recreation News

INTRAMURAL END OF YEAR BASH: Mark your calendars now for Thursday, April 24 for the Intramural End of Year Bash at Billy Hardwick’s  All Star Lanes. This night will be filled with bowling, laughter, and various awards to players and teams for the 2013-2014 year.
ALUMNI SLOSHBALL – #BUCS2014: Attention All Graduating Seniors! Sign up NOW for the 2014 Senior/Alumni Sloshball Tournament on Monday, May 5, starting at 4:00 p.m. at Bland Field. Register online at and join a team. For more information, contact Thien Nguyen at


Upcoming Events

ALPHA CHI STUDENT RESEARCH POSTER SESSION: The annual Alpha Chi Student Research Poster Session will be held April 15 in Sabbatini Lounge, 12:00-2:00 p.m.  Please submit the title of your poster, the co-authors, the name of the course that the poster was prepared for, and the faculty member that is responsible for the course to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at by Friday, April 11.

classringsCOLLEGE RING SALE: A Jostens representative will be at the CBU Bookstore on April 15-16, 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. offering up to 40% select college rings — Ring packages will start at $239 during this sale event.

Douglas-BlackmonSLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME:  Join Facing History and Ourselves for an evening with Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, on April 24 in the University Theater. This groundbreaking work delivers a searing examination of the enslavement of African-Americans that persisted deep into the 20th century. In 30 years as a journalist, 7:00-8:30 p.m, Blackmon has written extensively about the American quandary of race–exploring such issues as the integration of schools in his childhood Mississippi Delta farm town, lost episodes of the Civil Rights movement, and, how contemporary society should grapple with a troubled past. Seating is limited. To RSVP, please visit or call (901) 452-1776 x221. As part of Facing History’s national series of Community Conversations, this event is free and open to the public.

SOFAPALOOZA 2014: Sofapalooza 2014 will be held in Boshwit Courtyard on April 25 with performances by DJ John DawsonGoose (@BandGoose), and others to be announced! Performances start promptly at 5:00 p.m., rain or shine. Sofapalooza is sponsored this by several Cooper-Young businesses and Memphis Made Brewing Company and will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE! More information to come!

THE LAST LECTURE: Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for the 7th Annual CBU “Last Lecture” on May 1 at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, during which Dr. Holmes Peacher-Ryan (Mathematics) will give his hypothetical “Last Lecture.” Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. Known for great stories and funny quotes, Dr. Peacher-Ryan will not disappoint. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30. RSVP by 8:00 p.m. the day before, but attend even if you didn’t RSVP (just be sure to sign in). This is open to the entire University and, based on past Last Lectures, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

Buccaneer Bulletin

BASEBALL (10-25, 3-18 GSC)
04/01: Bucs 13, Victory 1 (at Nadicksbernd Field)
04/05: Bucs 3/7, Union 2/2 (at Nadicksbernd Field)
04/06: Bucs 3Union 12 (at Nadicksbernd Field)

SOFTBALL (7-29, 2-19 GSC)
03/31: Lady Bucs 6West Alabama 8 (at Bland Field)
04/03: Lady Bucs 6, Stillman 2 (at Tuscaloosa, AL)
04/03: Lady Bucs 0Stillman 3 (at Tuscaloosa, AL)
04/05: Lady Bucs 4, Union 3 (at Bland Field)
04/05: Lady Bucs 2Union 5 (at Bland Field)
04/06: Lady Bucs 0Union 4 (at Bland Field)

04/10: LeMoyne-Owen College (Nadicksbernd Field; 3:00 p.m.)
04/12: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Huntsville, AL; 3:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/13: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Huntsville, AL; 1:00 p.m.)

04/09: Talladega College (Bland Field; 1:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/12: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Huntsville, AL; 3:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/13: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Huntsville, AL; 1:00 p.m.)