September of Service: Week One Recap!

Holy cow!
 157 members of the CBU community have already served 758 hours in the first week of September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds.
Compare this to 101 SOSers and 450 hours last year at this time – wowza, what an improvement! Overall in 2013, 291 volunteers worked 1725 hours, so we are on pace for a record year. Way to go, CBU! And we have some big events coming up (can you say “McKellar Lake” on September 20, with a “billionty” volunteer spots?).

Last week we made PBJs at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, cleaned up around Caritas Village and the Community of St. Therese of Liseaux, gleaned food for the hungry with the Society of St. Andrew, helped prepare for 10,000 homeless individuals to get assistance from Convoy of Hope, set up for the Bike MS FedEx Rock-N-Roll Ride, and threw color on runners at the Color Run, benefitting DeNeuville Learning Center.

This week we will serve at De La Salle Blessed Sacrament School, Memphis Recovery Center, Faith Christian Academy, the traveling 9/11 exhibit, Elmwood Cemetery (just added), the Cooper Young Festival, and Shelby Farms. Sign up at and make some new friends while doing a good deed!

ROGUE SOSing!  Remember, if you can’t join us for one of our scheduled service projects, we welcome you to don your SOS shirt, serve your community (wherever you are in the world), and post your good deed (including a picture) to our Facebook page. Don’t have an SOS shirt? Make a sign! Don’t have a sign? SOS anyway!!!!

Mark your calendar now for our SOS Finale on Friday evening, October 3 in the LLC.

Like CBU’s September of Service on Facebook and sign up for a great S.O.S. event at Or if you just want to buy one of our cool shirts, email Dr. Tracie Burke at

CBU Chapter of NAACP Chartered

Gloria Sweet Love, president of the Tennessee NAACP, presents the charter to CBU chapter president Taylor Flake.

Gloria Sweet Love, president of the Tennessee NAACP, presents the charter to CBU chapter president Taylor Flake.

CBU made history among Lasallian institutions by becoming the first to incorporate a student chapter of the NAACP in a chartering ceremony on September 4. The ceremony featured addresses by Pastor Keith Norman, president of the Memphis Branch of the NAACP and CBU trustee, and Gloria Sweet Love, president of the Tennessee NAACAP, as well as CBU President John Smarrelli Jr. and chapter advisor Dr. Jeffrey Gross, and performances by the Divine Voices, Michael MacMiller (Psychology ’15), and Kierra Turner (Accounting ’16). 

Other local dignitaries in attendance included State Representative Johnnie Turner, District Attorney Amy Weirich, and Jesse Turner Jr., the first African-American student admitted to a white high school in Memphis (Christian Brothers High School when it shared the campus with CBU) and a national board member of the NAACP.

“We began this process last September, and we received approval from the national chapter of the NAACP in July. I am extremely excited about everything coming together,” said chapter president Taylor Flake (History ’17). “It is our mission to keep our Lasallian values first and foremost as we actively and effectively advocate for social justice within both our CBU community and the greater Memphis community.”

Additional photos from the ceremony are available on the CBU Flickr site »»


Graduation Meetings

Do you plan to graduate in December 2014, May 2015 or August 2015? Then you need to attend one of these important meetings! Critical information about graduation (cap and gown, degree audit process, etc.) will be provided by the Registrar’s Office.  Representatives from Student Life and the Career Center will also be at the meetings to speak briefly about commencement and your completion year job search.

  • Tuesday, September 9 at 12:30 or 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater
  • Wednesday, September 10 at 12:15 or 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater



Career Services Calendar

Never crafted a resume before?  Have one you need to fine-tune?  Then join us for this informative workshop on Tuesday, September 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Buckman 112. RSVP to attend.

ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP INFORMATION SESSIONS: Interested in enrolling in an academic internship for Spring 2015? You need to come by Career Services on September 10 to learn more about how you can get one, and what sites are available.  Thirty-minute meetings will be held every half hour from 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. You only need to attend one session. All sessions take place in Buckman 207. Contact Career Services at

PIZZA & PROFESSIONALS: Come learn about Sedgwick, who they are, what they do, and about some of the positions they typical hire… and enjoy free pizza!  What a deal!  RSVP by September 10. Open to all interested students; company has a particular interest in recruiting seniors in Computer Science, MIS/ITM, Electrical Engineering, Math, and related technology areas. Buckman 112, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

And mark your calendars for:
PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS ETIQUETTE: Learn everything from how to give a professional handshake, to how to type professional emails, and everything in between.  First 25 registrants received a free business card holder! RSVP no later than September 12. Tuesday, September 16. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Montesi Executive Center, Buckman Hall.

MOCK INTERVIEW DAY: Sign up for a practice interview with a recruiter who typically hires CBU students on Wednesday, September 17. This is a great way to fine-tune your interviewing skills. Reserve your interview time through your CareerLinX account by September 15.

STEM SHOWCASE CAREER EXPO: All students and alumni in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math majors are strongly encouraged to attend this event. Companies seeking STEM students for full-time jobs, internships and co-ops will be present to share information with you. Dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes.  RSVP to attend. Thursday, September 18. 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Montesi Executive Center, Buckman Hall.

CBU in the News

The Commercial Appeal published an article entitled “Christian Brothers High in Memphis sets $25 million goal” on September 7 which covers the CBHS campaign to launch a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine (STEMM) training ground in conjunction with CBU. CBHS and CBU will also be offering graduate-level STEM certification for local K-12 teachers who may not have been math or science majors in college. (For those who do not have an online subscription for The Commercial Appeal, click here for a PDF of the article. There is also more information on the STEMM CoLab at

Cooper Young Festival

The Cooper-Young Festival, hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association, is Memphis’ most anticipated outdoor celebration. Held in Memphis’ largest historic district, the Cooper-Young Festival is scheduled for September 13, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In its 27th year, this event has grown tremendously and is one of Memphis’ most highly attended festivals. This year, over 130,000 guests will enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 425 artisans from around the country. The Cooper Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture, and Memphis heritage. While you are here, be sure to stroll our historic neighborhood which was recently named “One of the Top 10 Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Association.

Experience the music of local Memphis bands playing original tunes on three stages. On the Main Stage, Cory Branan is this year’s headliner along with other popular Memphis musicians like Marcella Simian, Candace Ashir, James and the Ultrasounds, Mighty Souls Brass Band, Darrel Petties and Devil Train.

On the Memphis Grizzlies Stage, listen to your favorite garage punk bands with a lineup by Goner Records that will make you scream. Be sure to catch Subtractions, Talbot Adams, Nots, Mark Edgar Stuart and the Manatees performing at 4:30 p.m.

The School of Rock Stage is located in the First Congo parking lot. School of Rock students will be performing from noon until 5:00 p.m.  Go listen to a tribute to U2, some indie rock and more by these talented young people.

CBU is a proud sponsor of the Cooper Young Festival! (If the video above doesn’t play or appear in your email or on your portable device, please click here »»)


conway-luttrellKaren Conway Barnett (Dean of Students), pictured at left with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell,  gave a presentation entitled “Helping Students With Disabilities Transition to College” at the 2014 West Tennessee Multicultural Special Education and Post-Secondary Transition Institute on September 6.

Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religious Studies ’11, Catholic Studies ’17) published an article entitled, “He visto la faz de Dios” in the September issue of La Palabra Entre Nosotros.


News at CBU

Royal Group Joins CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium
The Royal Group of Cicero, IL has joined the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium. The company started as a pallet and wooden box manufacturer in the early 1900s. It has grown into one of the largest independent manufacturers of corrugated products and distributors of packaging suppliers in the world. It has facilities in Addison (IL), Elkhorn (WI), Halls (TN), Marion (OH), Montpelier (IN), Greenfield (IN), Huntington (IN), Seymour (IN), Holland (MI), Hamilton (NJ), Cumberland (RI), Bethel (NC), Dalton (GA), and Lakeland (FL). For more information about the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium, please visit

Financial Aid Reform Roundtable Forum

CBU President John Smarrelli and John Lewis, CBU Director of Financial Aid, attended a forum hosted by Senator Lamar Alexander (pictured above with Dr. Smarrelli) in Memphis on September 4. Senator Alexander has proposed a bill, called the Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency (FAST) Act, that he claims would simplify the federal financial aid process. The bill would eliminate the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) and streamline the federal grant and loan programs, among other changes. More information on the proposed legislation »»

CBU Nursing Program Hosts Local Authors/Executives

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., Lucy Shaw, Dr. Jan Young, and Dr. Peggy Veeser (Nursing Program Director)

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., Lucy Shaw, Dr. Jan Young, and Dr. Peggy Veeser (Nursing Program Director)

Lucy Shaw and Dr. Jan Young, co-authors of Bridges to Health and Healthcare (aha! Process, Inc., 2014) were guests of the CBU Nursing Program for the orientation of its new cohort on August 27. Ms. Shaw is the former president and CEO of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and consultant. Dr. Young is executive director of the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, a major general in the Air National Guard, and holds a Doctorate of Nursing Science.

Upcoming Events

THEATRE AUDITIONS: Theatre auditions for the Southern farce, Dearly Departed by David Botrelle and Jessie Jones, will be September 15 and September 16 in the University Theater at 6:00 p.m. Not since Steel Magnolias and Greater Tuna has a more colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone. For more information about the play and rehearsals, contact Matthew Hamner at

BINGO IN THE BUC: Bingo, drinks, snacks and more in the Buccaneer Gallery & Grill on Friday, September 19 starting at 7:00 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL RED PANDA DAY AT THE ZOO: Join the Memphis Zoo in celebrating the 5th International Red Panda Day anniversary on September 20 as an expected 100,000 visitors at more than 40 zoos worldwide and over 1,000 students at schools in five states and abroad help us create as many Red Panda Rangers as possible in a single day! 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Contact Thien Nguyen at for information. OR click here to register for free tickets! »»

ALUMNI TRIVIA NIGHT: It’s time for our Semi-Annual Alumni Trivia Night with Brother Ignatius Brown! Friday, September 26, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Pre-register your team on or before September 24 for $15 per person. After September 24, registration is $20 per person — CBU students can register for $5 per person. BYOB/BYOF (food and drink). Free soft drinks and bar snacks will be available. Teams are comprised of 6 to 8 people. More info and registration »»

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ORPHEUM: Join Student Life to view this timeless musical on September 27 with production overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” is being hailed as “bigger and better than ever before.” Saturday Matinee Performance at 2:00 p.m. Limited availability – 20 free tickets! SOLD OUT!

CBU’s first Cannon Ball is a concert event featuring country music star Ben Bradford and local rock group Fingertrick. Open to CBU students and high-school seniors. The Cannon Ball will also host several local food trucks! Saturday, September 27, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Nolan Field and the Gazebo area. 

KATY PERRY CONCERT: The Prismatic World Tour is the third concert tour by American singer Katy Perry, in support of her fourth studio album, Prism. Join your CBU friends at the FedEx Forum for a spectacular show that  is designed to be a “multi-faceted spectacular” and will include a special standing pit around the stage called “The Reflection Section” that will allow Katy to be “closer than ever to her fans. Sunday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!

Buccaneer Bulletin

MEN’S SOCCER (1-0, 0-0 GSC)
09/04: Bucs 2, Bethel 1 (OT; at McKenzie, TN)
09/04: Lady Bucs 2, Young Harris 0 (at Young Harris, GA)
09/06: Lady Bucs 3, Clayton State 2 (at Morrow, GA)
09/05: Lady Bucs 3, Alderson Broaddus 0  (at Canale Arena)
09/05: Lady Bucs 1Drury 3 (at Canale Arena)
09/06: Lady Bucs 0Lindenwood 3 (at Canale Arena)
09/06: Lady Bucs 0Harding 3 (at Canale Arena)

09/11: Harding University (Searcy, AR; 7:00 p.m.)
09/13: Lindenwood University (Signaigo Field; 3:00 p.m.)
09/09: Rhodes College (Signaigo Field; 6:00 p.m.)
09/12: Harding University (Signaigo Field; 5:00 p.m.)
09/09: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 7:00 p.m.)
09/12: University of West Georgia (Canale Arena; 6:00 p.m.)
09/13: University of West Alabama (Canale Arena; 1:00 p.m.)
09/13: University of Alabama-Huntsville Earl Jacoby Memorial (New Market, AL: 9:00 a.m.)