September of Service: Week Two Recap

RaKesha-Gray at Memphis Recovery Center.

RaKesha-Gray (English ’17) at Memphis Recovery Center

In week two of September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds95 volunteers served 247 hours in our community. This gives us a total of 1,005 hours in only two weeks! In 2013 we served a total of 1,725 hours, so we are already closing in!

Last week’s volunteers recycled dozens of computers at De La Salle Blessed Sacrament School, Memphis Recovery Center, organized thousands of children’s books at Faith Christian Academy, hosted the city’s firefighters and other dignitaries at a 9/11 memorial at the Memphis Fire Museum, trimmed vines and bagged leaves at Elmwood Cemetery, worked in the children’s play area at the Cooper Young Festival, and set up for Spooky Nights and Starry Nights at Shelby Farms. 

Join us in Week Three to teach seniors to use computers and smart phones at St. Augustine Catholic Church, do fun store-y things at Habitat for Humanity ReStore (21 spots left), help the horticulturists (what do they do?) at the Memphis Zoo (16 spots left), gather leftover food from the CBU cafeteria and serve it to children at First Works, celebrate Kids’ Day at Ira Samelson Boys and Girls Club, clean up our waterways with the Memphis River Warriors at McKellar Lake  (half a billionty spots left), and clean at Hope Lodge for cancer patients.

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 at 6:30 p.m. 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

This Week at CBU

FLAG FOOTBALL & POWER RANKINGS: Flag Football is back at CBU and Week One is already in the books! See which teams are Number 1 in this week’s Power Rankings at in playing Flag Football?  It’s not too late to create a team. Please visit CBU Intramurals at

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

VOTER REGISTRATION: The Student Government Association will be partnering with the Black Student Association, CBU’s Chapter of the NAACP, Hola CBU, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, the gentlemen of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and others to host a campus-wide Voter Registration Drive on Wednesday, September 17, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This date was chosen as it coincides with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.  Tables will be set up in the foyer of Buckman Hall, at the entrance of Cooper-Wilson Center, and outside of Alfonso Dining Hall. All students are encouraged to stop by during that time to fill out a short voter registration form. Students will be on-hand to assist and, of course, registration is completely free.

Bobby_CarterCONSTITUTION WEEK ADDRESS: CBU’s annual commemoration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution continues! This year we have the honor to host CBU alumnus Judge Bobby Carter of the Shelby County Criminal Court, who will speak about the Constitution in relation to the court system in Spain Auditorium on Wednesday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. Judge Bobby Carter was elected Judge of Division III in August of 2010 in a special election to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of John P. Colton, Jr. He is currently serving in that capacity. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from CBU in 1977. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Memphis in 1980. Judge Carter has previous experience in private practice and in the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office. He was an Assistant District Attorney General for 26years prior to his election. He is a member of the Tennessee Trial Judge’s Association, the American Bar Association, and is licensed to practice law in Colorado as well as Tennessee. Everyone is invited for what promises to be a fascinating discussion.

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

redpandaINTERNATIONAL 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! »»

AZD VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Join the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta for their annual Volleyball Tournament to benefit their national philanthropy, Autism Speaks, on Saturday September, 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the sand volleyball court next to Rozier deck.
Teams need a minimum of six players, and there is a $5 entry fee for all players. Sign-ups are at lunch in Alfonso Dining Hall, or with any sorority member, and will run through Friday, September 19. Warning: The championship round will be played with a blacked out net. All are welcome and there will be prizes awarded to the victors!



RBG Supports CBU Accounting Students with Endowed Scholarship

Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck PLC proudly announces its continuing commitment to CBU through an expansion of the J. G. Griesbeck Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is transitioning from an annually-funded scholarship to an endowed scholarship over the next few years, working towards a $50,000 endowed scholarship for a student majoring in Accounting in the CBU School of Business. This scholarship is named in honor of Joseph George Griesbeck, a founding partner of the firm, who attended CBC high school on Adams Avenue. This scholarship was originally created in the 1980s and has benefitted CBU accounting students as well the Memphis community since its inception.

Pictured aboveJohn Griesbeck, managing partner at RBG, is joined by President John Smarrelli, Steve Crisman (Senior Vice President for Advancement) and a group of RBG CBU alumni for the official signing ceremony. Standing (l-r) are Lee Griesbeck, Paul Pennebaker, Sheri Campbell, Skeet Haag, Rebecca Jacobs, Kelly Summons, Richard SavioriZach Ogale, Charles Bennett, and Billy Griesbeck.

Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck PLC is a Memphis-based CPA firm with over 98 years of success providing a wide variety of services including tax, accounting, auditing, risk management, and consulting. RBG has strong ties to CBU as a long-standing supporter of students and their success after graduation.

CBU Joins MBGH Culture of Health Initiative

CBU President John Smarrelli Jr. has signed the Memphis Business Group on Health‘s (MBGH) CEO Culture of Health Initiative, committing CBU to promoting and supporting the health of its employees through the University culture, policies, benefits, and programs. Through the Culture of Health Initiative, CBU will actively promote employee health through programs including the American Heart Association’s Fit Friendly Business, the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, and/or the Wellness Councils of America. Culture of Health organizations are also encouraged to participate in the Common Table Health Alliance’s Million Calorie Reduction Match program by adopting at least one healthy eating or physical activity policy.

Career Services Calendar

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.

PRACTICE TEST DRIVE: Take a retired version of a graduate school entrance exam of your choice (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, OAT, PCAT, DAT). It’s scored just like the real thing, and you get to keep your test booklet as a study guide! $5.00 payable on test day — Tuesday, September 23 in Buckman Hall 207, 2:00-5:00 p.m.  Advanced sign up is required by September 18 thru your CareerLinX account.  RSVP

GRADUATE SCHOOL EXPO: More than 50 graduate programs from across the country will be in attendance on Thursday, September 25 in Canale Arena, 12:00-2:00 p.m.  Any students or alumni who are considering graduate school are strongly encouraged to attend!  Check the Career Directions bulletin for the current list of programs scheduled to attend.


The Gulf South Conference named Buccaneer soccer forward Brendan Bennett (Business Administration ’18) as the conference’s first-ever Freshman of the Week after his performance in the Bucs’ 2-1 overtime win at Bethel University on September 4. Bennett scored the Bucs’ first goal of the season in the 55th minute against Bethel, and he assisted on the game-winning goal.

CBU’s CMBA Capstone class partnered with the Forrest Spence Fund to serve dinner at Le Bonheur on September 11. The Forrest Spence Fund is a local, non-profit organization that provides multiple services to families affected by childhood illness and injury.  Brittany and David Spence, executive director and president of the Forrest Spence Fund, were also in attendance to provide encouragement, counseling, and fellowship to attendees.  The class of 16 graduate students, along with Professor Jenny Cowell, helped prepare for the event and served over 150 people on site that evening. Following dinner, the class toured Le Bonheur and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. To learn how you can help further the mission of the Forrest Spence Fund, please visit

News at CBU

(l-r) Brother Ernest Miller, Mallory Harvey, Shanice Oliver, benefactors Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman, Ronald Fotso, Lauren Harrett, JD Wolfe, Dr. Tracie Burke, and Dr. John Smarrelli

(l-r) Brother Ernest Miller, Mallory Harvey, Shanice Oliver, benefactors Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman, Ronald Fotso, Lauren Harrett, JD Wolfe, Dr. Tracie Burke, and Dr. John Smarrelli

CBU Inducts Lasallian Fellows Class of 2015: CBU officially conferred the 2015 CBU Lasallian Fellowships at a dinner for the honorees and their families and friends on September 11. Ronald Fotso,Lauren HarrettMallory HarveyShanice Oliver and John David “JD” Wolfe were officially inducted as the CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2015, the highest student honor. Guest speaker at the Awards Dinner was Brother Ernest Miller, who spoke on the intersection of Lasallian education and the promotion of justice.

CBU Lasallian Fellowships are presented annually to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership and service. Each student was nominated by a member of the CBU faculty or staff because of academic excellence, commitment to social justice, the active nature of his/her faith, and an inspired approach to change-making. Upon graduation, the Fellows will be awarded $5,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community. The Fellowships are made possible through the creative generosity of benefactors Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman.


CBU President John Smarrelli is pictured here with George P. Bush, grandson of 41st president George H.W. Bush, nephew of 43rd president George W. Bush, and oldest child of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Bush was the speaker at Latino Memphis’ inaugural Leadership Luncheon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis on September 9. CBU was a sponsor of the luncheon, which drew an overflow crowd of 440 people.


Dr. Smarrelli
 also participated in a town hall meeting at Cornerstone Prep Elementary School that featured Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (pictured above) on September 10. Duncan some to the audience at the Binghampton school about education reform in Tennessee’s Innovation Zone and Achievement School District schools. After his appearance at Cornerstone, Duncan met with a small group of Memphis educators, including Dr. Smarrelli.

CBU in the News

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. (CBU President) and Dr. David Rudd (University of Memphis President) co-authored a guest column in the September 13 edition of The Commercial Appeal entitled “U of M, CBU focus on student retention.” The column deals with efforts at both universities to improve retention via advising, course redesign, hybrid-online coursework, career services and other means. It also expresses support for the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiative and announces the development of collaborative programs between CBU and U of M. (For those without online subscriptions to the CA, click here for a PDF of the column.)

Alumni & Family Weekend

It is almost that time again to celebrate with our Alumni & Family Weekend! Mark your calendars for October 3-4 and plan to have a fun-filled weekend! From a concert, to a cook-out, to tailgating and reconnecting with classmates, this is one weekend at CBU that you can’t miss! Alumni Weekend takes place simultaneously with Family Weekend and offers a unique opportunity for the entire CBU family to come together and share our points of pride through an exciting selection of collaborative programming.


  • 10th Annual International Festival of Hops: This is CBU’s 10th annual beer tasting, featuring an assortment of your favorite brew from the US, Germany, France, Italy and England! Burgers, beer, and live music! Friday, October 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Nolan Field.
  • Campus Tours: See what’s new and upcoming on the CBU campus on a tour led by student President’s Ambassadors. Saturday, October 4, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Cooper Wilson Center for Life Sciences.
  • President’s Brunch: Chat with President John Smarrelli, Athletic Director Brian Summers, and Frank Buscher, VP of Academics & Student Life, over brunch and discuss the University’s current and future state of affairs. Saturday, October 4, at 11:00 a.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall.
  • Divine Voices Gospel Choir Concert: CBU’s Divine Voices Gospel Choir will present their first concert of the semester as a part of Alumni & Family Weekend. Don’t miss it — they’re great! Saturday, October 4, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the University Theater.
  • Levitt Shell Concert with Paul Thorn: CBU is sponsoring the Saturday night concert by Paul Thorn at the Shell, and all of our Alumni & Family Weekend attendees are invited to enjoy the concert in the VIP tent! Saturday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.
  • AND MORE!!!


Upcoming Events

YOUR PATH TO WELLNESS: Trainer Heather Jordan will speak on personal motivation for exercise and nutrition on Tuesday, September 23 in the Wilson Family Commons in the Living Learning Center, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Exercise and nutrition are both good for your brain, and both contribute to better academic performance. Learn to utilize nutrition, fitness, and time management to reach life goals and fuel passion and purpose. Dinner will be served. If you are interested, please go HERE to RSVP.

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 »»

MILLION CALORIE BURN 5K: Mayor AC Wharton’s Commitment to Fitness Million Calorie Burn 5K will be held on September 27, beginning at Highpoint Church with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. This family fun run will benefit the Common Table Health Initiative‘s fight against childhood and family obesity in Memphis, and will feature a post-race awards ceremony with live music and food. Register online here »»

CBU GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE @ MID-SOUTH PRIDE PARADE: Do you have a LOT of Buccaneer Pride? Do you have LGBT or Straight Ally Pride too? Then join CBU’s Gay Straight Alliance in the annual Mid-South Pride Parade on Saturday, September 27 at Robert Church Park (4th and Beale St.), 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sign up to march in the parade by emailing your GSA President at

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.

renee-emersonPOETRY READING: Renee Emerson, author of the poetry collection Keeping Me Still, will read from her poetry on Tuesday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m. in the Wilson Family Commons in the Living Learning Center. Emerson received her M.F.A. from Boston University, where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2009. Previous publications include three chapbooks: Something Like Flight (Sargent Press), The Whitest Sheets (Maverick Duck Press), and Where Nothing Can Grow (Batcat Press). Her poetry has been published in Christianity and LiteratureBoxcar Poetry ReviewIndiana ReviewRock and Sling32 Poems and others, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010. Emerson teaches creative writing and composition at Shorter University, in Rome, GA.

HUMANS VS. ZOMBIES: Student Life is hosting a Humans vs. Zombies game at CBU from Thursday, October 9 until Monday, October 13. Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) is a game of tag played at schools, camps, neighborhoods, military bases, and conventions across the world. Human players must remain vigilant and defend themselves to avoid being tagged by a growing zombie horde. More info at The basic premise of the CBU game is that students are trying to avoid being tagged by other students (zombies) and to survive the apocalypse. This year’s game features a team component, epic missions and assignments and bandanas and socks galore. Sign up online at Contact Thien Nguyen at for more info.

CORN MAZE AND SPOOKY TRAIL: Sign up now for a ticket to the Agricenter Corn Maze OR Shelby Farm’s Spooky Trail on Saturday, October 11. The Corn Maze is an 8-acre puzzle of twists and turns and some dead ends! It¹s all carved into stalks of corn that tower over your head, offering an experience that is fun for kids from 2 to 92! The Spooky Trail is the only haunted trail in Memphis at Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms with a half mile full of scares. Sign up online TODAY at

Buccaneer Bulletin

MEN’S SOCCER (2-0, 0-0 GSC)
09/13: Bucs 6, Lindenwood 0 (at Signaigo Field)
09/12: Lady Bucs 1, Harding 0 (at Signaigo Field)
09/09: Lady Bucs 0, North Alabama (at Florence, AL)
09/12: Lady Bucs 3, West Georgia 0 (at Canale Arena)
09/13: Lady Bucs 3West Alabama 0 (at Canale Arena)
09/13: UAH Earl Jacoby Memorial (at New Market, AL) Bucs 9th of 11 teams; Shelley Deharte led the Bucs (42nd of 111 runners; 27:56.7); Lady Bucs 10th of 13 teams; Abby Moore led the Lady Bucs (9th of 110 runners; 19:21.2)

09/16: Union University (Signaigo Field; 7:00 p.m.)
09/18: Rhodes College (Signaigo Field; 7:00 p.m.)
09/16: Lyon University (Signaigo Field; 5:00 p.m.)
09/19: Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA; 3:00 p.m.)
09/16: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
09/19: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 6:00 p.m.)
09/20: Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA; 12:00 p.m.)