Condolences

Laura Smith, beloved grandmother of Kimary Lee (ITM ’02), passed away on May 11. Visitation will be Saturday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m., at Harrison’s Memorial Chapel (3320 Millbranch Rd.), with funeral ceremony at noon. Interment will follow at Payne’s Cemetery, Please keep Kimary and here family in your thoughts and prayers. Online condolences may be left here.

White Coats for the PA Class of 2015!

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The Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015 celebrated their White Coat Ceremony on May 10, marking a rite of passage for the students from didactic classroom and lab instruction to practical clinical training. Congratulations to the members of Class of 2015, CBU’s second cohort of PA students! More photos of the ceremony are available at the CBU Flickr site.

Commencement Week

Thursday, May 15
 Commencement Rehearsal for students in all degree programs will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Attendance is mandatory for all graduating seniors and master’s candidates who plan to participate in Commencement. Candidates will leave Canale Arena and walk to Signaigo Field at 6:30 p.m. Following the processional, students will be able to pick-up regalia in front of the bookstore. The faculty is invited to attend the rehearsal.

Friday, May 16
• The Presidential Student Recognition will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater, honoring a select number of our graduates for their accomplishments during their careers at CBU.
• The Alumni Legacy Society Dinner will take place in Sabbatini Lounge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Invitations have been issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to join us for a relaxing dinner before the Baccalaureate Service. Please RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.
• The Baccalaureate Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue). Brother Terence McLaughlin, former President of CBU, will be the baccalaureate speaker.  A Christian Brother for over 70 years, Brother Terence is revered for integrating CBHS in the early 1960s. A President¹s Reception will follow in Marian Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, May 17
• CBU’s 2014 Commencement Exercises will begin precisely at 9:00 a.m. on Signaigo Field. Degrees for the 2013-14 academic year will be awarded to 255 bachelor and 189 master candidates. Mr. Bob Buckman and Mrs. Joyce Mollerup will receive Honorary Doctorates of Public Service, and Mr. Buckman will offer brief remarks to the graduates. (Our rain location is Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, located at 70 North Bellevue in Midtown Memphis. If necessary, the decision to use the rain location will be made by 5:00 a.m. on May 17. It will be broadcast to the campus community via email, text message, and web announcement. Commencement exercises at the rain location would begin at 11 a.m.)

Make a Difference, One Spray Can at a Time

Paint the Rock: Vote with Your Dollars!
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We’ve assigned a paint color to five AWESOME projects that will improve the CBU Campus Experience. Vote with your dollars for the project you want to see funded, and at the end of the campaign, the winning project will receive all the money raised. WINNER TAKE ALL!

The projects are (color-coded):
A Library Lounge
New Pool Furniture
A Swingset
Lights on the Outdoor Basketball Court
New Recycling Bins

Each of these projects will cost around $5,000 to complete.  

Select friends to honor with your artistic abilities (a $10 donation will be added to your total for every friend you honor). Visit the Paint the Rock Home Page, make your donation, and watch your favorite project move towards the lead. The Rock on the home screen will change colors in real time, based on which group solicits the most support!

On Friday, May 16, during Commencement Weekend, we will unveil the winner by painting the ACTUAL rock, in honor of the winning project!

Kudos

Buccaneer pitcher Jake Garbuzinski (Business Administration ’14) was named by the Gulf South Conference to the All-GSC Tournament Team following last week’s conference tournament. Garbuzinski threw a nine-hit shutout in the Bucs’ 1-0 win over West Alabama in Saturday’s second round. The win was CBU’s first-ever GSC Tournament victory, and Garbuzinski is the school’s first-ever All-GSC Tournament selection.

Buccaneer golfer Carter Billingsley (Business Administration ’17) finished 94th in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional at Savannah Quarters Country Club. Billingsley shot 23-over (79-81-79-239) on the 7,016-yard par-72 course, finishing 94th of 108 golfers in the regional. Billingsley was CBU’s first-ever selection to an NCAA golf regional.

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Jessica Hines-Beard
(Biology ’10) presented a poster entitled “Early and age-related changes in the glaucomatous  DBA/2J retina” at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) international meeting in Orlando, FL. Pictured above with Jessica are Dr. Tonia Rex, her PhD advisor at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology). J D Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) also presented his paper on his MHIRT summer research in Brazil at the conference.

Reception for Kay Cunningham

The Plough Library staff is hosting a reception in honor of Kay Cunningham, director of CBU’s library, on Tuesday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. The reception is in celebration of her selection as this year’s winner of the Memphis Area Library Council 2014 Award for Excellence. This annual award is for a Memphis area librarian who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, notable academic and professional accomplishments, contributed to professional organizations, and been involved in community activities.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited. Refreshments will be served.

CBU Community Peace Garden

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The Vanderhaar Symposium Committee has generously donated funding to sponsor CBU’s community garden. As a garden within the GrowMemphis network, our new partnership with the Vanderhaar Symposium is a fitting tribute to the memory of Dr. Gerard Vanderhaar, CBU Professor Emeritus of Religion and Peace Studies, who spent his lifetime promoting peace through active nonviolence. As we work together to address food sovereignty, nutritional education, and community rehabilitation, this partnership will allow CBU to continue to provide our campus community free healthy organic food, and provide our students with mentoring and leadership opportunities through community service outreach. In honor of Dr. Vanderhaar’s legacy, the garden will be renamed the CBU Community Peace Garden. If you would like to volunteer please contact Sean MacInnes at smacinne@cbu.edu.

News at CBU

Latino-Festival-5KCBU was a sponsor of the Latino Memphis Festival on May 3, and the University was represented by three runners in the Cinco K Mayo 5K race. Pictured above (l-r) are Rebecca Johnson (Admissions), Ray Karasek (Business Services), and Michael Parry (College of Adult Professional Studies).

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The Nursing students at CBU made a generous donation to Caritas Village after their wonderful community health experience there in March. The donation was presented on May 8 to Ms.Onie Johns, founder of Caritas Village by Ms. Celia Garrison and Dr. Peggy Veeser, Nursing Program faculty.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors met in Memphis for the first time in seven years for an open forum in the University Theater at CBU. Among the debated topics was reliance on coal for energy, in particular the future use of the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, which burns 7,200 tons of coal daily.

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Several members of the CBU community attended the Salvation Army Annual Dinner at the Hilton Memphis on May 8 and met NBA great and keynote speaker Bill Walton. At left is Walton with Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU president; at right with Ray Karasek (Business Services) and Dr. James Allen (Management/Marketing/Economics).

Career Road Show: Fall Break Networking Trip

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Apply now for this unique opportunity to network with alumni/professionals in Houston and New Orleans! During Fall Break, 45 students will be selected to participate in the Career Road Show, which will allow you to travel via bus with students, faculty and staff to both Houston and New Orleans. While in each city, you will be able to attend a company site visit, career panel, and networking reception.  Food, travel and hotel accommodations will all be covered for the student rate of $100.00. The bus will leave CBU on Sunday, October 19, and return to CBU on Wednesday, October 22.

We anticipate that spots on the bus will go quickly so apply today! Sign in to your CareerLinX account and reference position #3852 for full details and application procedures.

CBU Connection Summer Schedule

The CBU Connection will be published online and distributed via email once a month during the summer, on June 23 and July 28. If you’d like to submit news and announcements for publication, keep these summer publication dates in mind. The Connection will resume normal weekly publication on August 25, the first day of fall classes.

This Week at CBU

PSI CHI PIE FLY: If you’re looking to burn some steam before finals begin, then come throw a pie at your favorite professor during the Psi Chi Pie Fly! The fundraiser will be held on Monday, May 5 at 12:30-2:00 p.m. next to the gates surrounding the Buccaneer Grill. All of the money raised will go to Harwood Center, a nonprofit agency that assists and educates children and families affected by developmental disabilities. A donation of $1 gives you the opportunity to throw a pie at a professor, and a donation of $5 will allow you to pie them in the face. The following faculty and staff will be participating in the fundraiser: Dr. Tracie BurkeDr. Jeff GrossDr. Paul HaughtDr. Elizabeth NelsonDr. Mary OglvieDr. Jeffrey SableDr. Rod VoglSandra DavisChanda Murphy, and Martin Brock.

WELCOME TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PARTY (WITH SLOSHBALL): Student Life and the Alumni Association are hosting a “Welcome to the CBU Alumni Association Party” at the Rozier Deck on Monday, May 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for our graduating CBU students. This is an opportunity for the Class of 2014 to socialize and enjoy and celebrate their time at CBU. As part of the party, there will also be a Sloshball game with graduating seniors and alumni at Bland Softball Field. (BTW, Sloshball is kickball. With beer.)

THEATRE READING: The Intro to Theatre class will present a staged reading of Act 3 of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town on Monday, May 5 in the University Theater at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

STRESS RELIEF (EXAM WEEK): Do you need an enjoyable break from end-of-school-year stressors? If so, Student Life will host several events to help ease the stress during Exam Week:
• Tuesday, May 6: Free Massages, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You can get a free chair massage (shoulder and neck) in the Thomas Center Conference Room by “Massage on the Go.”
• Wednesday, May 7: Paws to Relax with the Therapy Dogs, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Buc Patio. It’s a proven fact that petting a dog can relieve stress and lower blood pressure. Visit with the Therapy Dogs, brought to campus by the Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends Organization.
• Thursday, May 8: CBU Pancake Study Break, 9:00-11:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. It’s not really a proven fact that pancakes help you study, but they certainly can’t hurt…

DRINK BEER*, PLAY BINGO, AND CARRY ON: It‘s a Great Day at CBU presents Beer and Bingo in the Buc on Friday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. Grab your friends and get ready for a fun night of CBUnity. There will be some free beer (*and root beer), death match bingo, music, and good clean fun. All are welcome!! 

PA WHITE COAT CEREMONY: The CBU Physician Assistant Studies Program will host the White Coat Ceremony for its Class of 2015 on on Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater. The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage in medical education that marks the student’s transition from preclinical study to clinical health sciences.

 

2014 Student Leadership Awards

Congratulations to the following students and student organizations who were recognized at the Red Tie Affair” Student Leadership Awards on May 4 for their accomplishments and contributions to the CBU community.

Organizations
Black Student Association, Most Improved Organization*
 Jail N Bail (Alpha Xi Delta), Campus Program of the Year
 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Campus Organization Community Service Award
 Tau Kappa Epsilon, Excellence in Community Service
 Alpha Xi Delta, Greek Chapter of the Year
 Divine Voices Gospel Choir, New Student Organization of the Year
 Alpha Xi Delta, Outstanding Greek Chapter Scholarship Award
• Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Student Organization of the Year

Individuals
 Jessie Wortham (Alpha Xi Delta), Most Outstanding Advisor
 Carlos Amador, Most Outstanding RA
 Evan Munier, Outstanding Community Servant
 “Night of Artistic Express” by Jonathan Mosley, Creative Program of the Year
 Sushma Kalava, Committment to Diversity Award
 Kierra Turner and Joel Moore Jr., Emerging Leader Awards
 Jessica Ruff and Samuel Tope-Ojo, Outstanding New Members
 Solomon Amiri and William Norman, Outstanding Senators
• JD Wolfe, Greek Man of the Year
 Erika Yates, Greek Woman of the Year
• JD Wolfe, Outstanding Fraternity Scholar
 Anna Baumheckel, Outstanding Sorority Scholar
 Julia Kueter and Ian A. Boyd, St. Thomas More Service Awards

*Through an oversight, the BSA was not recognized at the awards ceremony. Student Life apologizes for this oversight.

Kudos

The NCAA selected Buccaneer golfer Carter Billingsley (Business Administration ’17) to compete in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Men’s Golf Super-Regional May 5-7 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, GA. Billingsley averaged 75 this season for the Bucs, finishing in the top five in three of CBU’s 10 events, and he was in the top 10 in four, including a ninth-place finish in the GSC Championships. Billingsley is the first CBU golfer ever selected for the NCAA postseason field. He joins Valdosta State golfers John Fordham and Alex Jones and West Georgia golfer Corey Evans in the field.

Gulf South Conference baseball coaches voted Buccaneer third baseman Mac Cooley (Special Education ’15) to the All-GSC Second Team. Cooley is hitting .300 with 10 doubles, 18 RBI and 20 runs. Cooley has also started 10 games as pitcher and ranks third on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts.

Kay Cunningham (Plough Library) has been selected as this year’s winner of the Memphis Area Library Council Award for Excellence. This award is given annually to a library staff member in the greater Memphis area who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, notable academic and professional accomplishments, contributed to professional organizations, and been involved in community activities. The awards ceremony will be on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Southern College of Optometry Annex.

Alex Othmani (Mechanical Engineering ’17), Caleb Smith (Mechanical Engineering ’14), and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’15) recently passed the ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician Test. ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) allows students to take the technician level test of its three-level Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) Program.  Soon their names will be added to the list of about 250 ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians around the world.

 

 

Commencement Week Activities & Events

Thursday, May 15
Commencement Rehearsal for students in all degree programs will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Attendance is mandatory for all graduating seniors and master’s candidates who plan to participate in Commencement. Candidates will leave Canale Arena and walk to Signaigo Field at 6:30 p.m. Following the processional, students will be able to pick-up regalia in front of the bookstore. The faculty is invited to attend the rehearsal.

Friday, May 16
• The Presidential Student Recognition will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater, honoring a select number of our graduates for their accomplishments during their careers at CBU.
• The Alumni Legacy Society Dinner will take place in Sabbatini Lounge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Invitations have been issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to join us for a relaxing dinner before the Baccalaureate Service. Please RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.
• The Baccalaureate Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue). Brother Terence McLaughlin, former President of CBU, will be the baccalaureate speaker.  A Christian Brother for over 70 years, Brother Terence is revered for integrating CBHS in the early 1960s. A President¹s Reception will follow in Marian Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, May 17
• CBU’s 2014 Commencement Exercises will begin precisely at 9:00 a.m. on Signaigo Field. Degrees for the 2013-14 academic year will be awarded to 255 bachelor and 189 master candidates. Mr. Bob Buckman and Mrs. Joyce Mollerup will receive Honorary Doctorates of Public Service, and Mr. Buckman will offer brief remarks to the graduates. (Our rain location is Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, located at 70 North Bellevue in Midtown Memphis. If necessary, the decision to use the rain location will be made by 5:00 a.m. on May 17. It will be broadcast to the campus community via email, text message, and web announcement. Commencement exercises at the rain location would begin at 11 a.m.)

News at CBU

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Dr. Divya Choudhary 
and Dr. Pong Malasri gave a Lunch & Learn session entitled “Accelerated Five-Year BS/MS Program @ CBU Engineering” on May 1 to engineering students.  The session included a panel of Graduate Engineering alumni discussing the importance of management skills and how CBU MEM/MSEM degree has helped them in their professional career. The participating alumni (pictured above, l-r) were Tom Stoll of ThyssenKrupp, Robin Turner of Medtronic, Nicholas Tabrizi of Medronic, Garrett House of Smith & Nephew, Darshan Sampat of ILS, Danny Barulli of FedEx, and Cynthia Matthews of FedEx.

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Larry Rutledge
, CBU Packaging Lab Manager and former FedEx Lab Manager, represented CBU with a display booth at the 2014 ISTA TransPack Forum in Orlando, FL, April 22-25. TransPack is one of the largest packaging meetings in the world attended by packaging professionals from all across the globe. Larry also represents CBU on the ISTA Global Education Committee. The CBU Packaging Lab has been certified as a commercial lab by ISTA since 2009. (Photo courtesy of ISTA)

CBU Announces 2014 Fresh Reads Choice

beautifulthingsFor 2014, CBU has chosen Ethiopian writer Dinaw Mengestu‘s award-winning novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. The book details the experiences of Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, DC after fleeing his country¹s revolution 17 years earlier. Stephanos struggles with his own self-identity as well as his concept of home in America and Africa in this 2007 novel.

Plans are underway to get Mengestu to campus to speak, but we also plan to have a panel of our own African students to discuss their own experiences in both Africa and America in conjunction with this Fresh Reads pick. This may even include some of our students’ mad skills — such as Sidy Sall (Senegal) and Youssef Naciri (Morocco) rapping in French — if we’re lucky. We think this will be both enlightening and fun for our students and faculty.

Faculty and staff, please consider being a Fresh Reads discussion group leader this year. Of course, you get amazing pay for this gig (not really), but you will happily provided with with a copy of the book, a free lunch with your training session, and discussion materials. The small discussion groups will be held on Saturday, August 23. More details (such as time and location) to be announced.

Please contact Dr. Karen Golightly if you can participate and help our freshmen have an amazing Welcome Weekend and an awesome first-year experience here at CBU. Please respond to kgolight@cbu.edu.

Youth & Vitality Triumphs (Again)

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Youth & Vitality (left) and Old Age & Deceit (right)

The Youth & Vitality of the students triumphs over the Old Age & Deceit of the faculty once more! The 2014 CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game was held on April 11 in Canale Arena. All donations as well as raffle sales went to support the Church Health Center for the outstanding work that this organization has done for our community. The total amount raised for the Church Health Center was an outstanding $430! Thank you to all who came out to support such an amazing organization.

Buccaneer Bulletin

SCOREBOARD
BASEBALL (12-37, 3-27 GSC)
05/02: Bucs 2Delta State 15 (GSC Tournament; at Birmingham, AL)
05/03: Bucs 1, West Alabama 0 (GSC Tournament; at Cullman, AL)
05/04: Bucs 0, Alabama-Huntsville 16 (GSC Tournament; at Cullman, AL)

SOFTBALL (9-40, 2-28 GSC)
05/01: Lady Bucs 0Alabama-Huntsville 8 (GSC Tournament; at Cullman, AL)
05/01: Lady Bucs 0West Florida 9 (GSC Tournament; at Cullman, AL)