White Coats for the PA Class of 2015!

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!

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!


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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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

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.