September of Service: Week 3 Recap

Even though the picture does not show it, CBU had 102 SOSers at the McKellar Lake cleanup!

Even though the picture does not show it, CBU had 102 SOSers at the McKellar Lake cleanup!

Way to go, CBU! In week three of September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds, 157 volunteers served 465 hours in our community, for a total of 1,470 hours so far. In 2013 we served a total of 1725 hours, so we have nine days left to beat our record! We can do it, CBU!

Last week’s volunteers taught senior citizens how to use their laptop computers at St. Augustine Catholic Church; tagged and organized items at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore; assisted the Memphis Zoo staff with the Stingray Bay, giraffe feeding, and camel ride exhibits; packaged 66 pounds of leftover food from Alfonso Dining Hall and served over 40 children with First Works; weeded and raked leaves for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center; picked up 13,000 pounds of trash and recyclables (including 325 tires) with the Memphis River Warriors at McKellar Lake; and provided a deep cleaning of Hope Lodge for cancer patients.

In the last nine days of S.O.S. we will inspect and sort food at the Mid-South Food Bank (many spots left for our Monday 12:15 to 3:00 p.m. project); clean up Overton Park; help with a construction project in our neighboring Beltline community; help the patients of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (full); help prepare for a Livable Memphis MemFix event; kill some kudzu at Lichterman Nature Center (full); help the animals at Collierville Animal Shelter (full); assist teachers at Madonna Learning Center; and work together on our own campus during SOS @ CBU.

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 6:00 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 very good-looking $10 t-shirts, please email Dr. Tracie Burke at

This Week at CBU

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 RSVP to Dr. Ben Jordan at

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 5KMayor 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.

Career Services Calendar

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.

PIZZA & PROFESSIONALS: Come learn about Robert Half Accountemps on Thursday, October 2 — 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 30. Open to all interested students; students in business, accounting and finance may have particular interest! Buckman Hall 112, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


Garrett Burton (Natural Science ’14) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at CBU.

Buccaneer soccer forward Jose Ferraz (Civil Engineering ’16) was named GSC Player of the Week after he led the Bucs to a 6-0 win over No. 13 Lindenwood on September 13. Ferraz scored a career-high four goals to lead the Bucs (2-0) to victory, scoring twice in each half.

Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) has been recognized by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) as a Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional. The CPLP designation consists of three levels of certification; Technician, Technologist, and Professional. The first two levels require a two-hour test each. Professional-level certification is based on a resume of transport packaging activities and accomplishments. Dr. Malasri’s accomplishments include authoring several transport packaging-related journal articles, serving as director of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology.

Terence Netzel (Biology ’10) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at CBU.

The Gulf South Conference also named Lady Buc outside hitter Maggie Sorensen (Business Administration ’18) as its Freshman of the Week after she led the Lady Buc volleyball team to a 2-1 week last week. Sorensen averaged 2.89 digs and 2.11 kills per set last week, adding five aces and two blocks over nine total sets.

Lady Buc goalkeeper Robyn Wade (Mechanical Engineering ’15) was named GSC Defender of the Week after recording a shutout in the Lady Bucs’ win over Harding on September 12. Wade made three saves as she logged her school-record 16th career shutout in the Lady Bucs’ 1-0 win over Harding.

Angela Williams (Biology ’13) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at CBU.

News at CBU

Joel Moore and Jessica Hefner of the CBU Pre-Law Society and Dr. Karl Leib (History & Political Science) presenting Judge Bobby Carter with a Certificate of Appreciation in thanks for his participation in Constitution Day 2014.

Joel Moore and Jessica Hefner of the CBU Pre-Law Society and Dr. Karl Leib (History & Political Science) presenting Judge Bobby Carter with a Certificate of Appreciation in thanks for his participation in Constitution Day 2014.

This year CBU celebrated Constitution Day with a public seminar hosted by the CBU Pre-Law Society. CBU was honored to have as Judge Bobby Carter of the Shelby County Criminal Court, Division III a special guest speaker. Judge Carter discussed the U.S. Constitution in relation to the court system and answered questions from students and faculty on a wide range of issues, from the Second and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution to proposed amendments to the Tennessee State Constitution. Judge Carter was introduced by Jessica Hefner and Joel Moore of the CBU Pre-Law Society.

engineering-legosFrank Niedzwiedz (Electrical Engineering ’82) directed the First Lego League (FLL) workshop at Christian Brothers University on Saturday September 13, 2014 with the assistance of Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Chris Nielsen (Electrical & Computer Engineering ’07), Charmaine Cooper (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science ’15), Steven Menezes (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science ’13), Kenneth Salvage (Electrical & Computer Engineering ’16), Trey McGinnis (Electrical & Computer Engineeering, Computer Science, Mathematics ’16), Melissa Dollar (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mathematics ’16),  Dan Kohn (University of Memphis) and Tom Banning (University of Memphis). TVA and the CBU Electrical & Computer Engineering Department sponsored the workshop. Fourteen teachers, coaches, mentors, and parents representing 10 schools attended the workshop. FFL teams consist of 2-10 members, ages 9-14, and in the grades 4-8.  Teams must register in mid-September for the West Tennessee FLL competition that will be held on January 24, 2015 at the University of Memphis. Pictured above is Charmaine Cooper with middle school students at the September workshop.

CBU Rocks! Alumni & Family Weekend

cburocksIt 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.
  • Siena Society Hat & Tea Party: Ladies, don your favorite hat and join hostess Eloise Smarrelli at the Deal Courtyard for afternoon tea (and the accompanying scrumptious goodies) at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 5.
  • AND MORE!!!


Upcoming Events

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.

ART GALLERY OPENING: ”Creative Fire,” a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Sue S. Miller opens with a public reception in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery on Friday, October 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Miller, a graduate of Memphis College of Art and the University of Memphis has exhibited widely in Memphis Area and eastern states. She is one of the four founders of Artists Link. Miller’s paintings are in the Contemporary Collection at the Tennessee State Museum, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and various private collections. The retrospective exhibition of her work runs through December 4.

octoberfestOCTOBERFEST: Octoberfest celebrates the German tradition of good food, fellowship, and exciting drinks (for those of age!). CBU’s Octoberfest will feature a German-themed menu, several traditional beers, and will feature a traditional band. Friday, October 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center Breezeway and Gazebo Area.

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. Only five spots left! Sign up online TODAY at

LINDENFEST: Lindenwood Christian Church, CBU’s neighbor at Union and Parkway, will hold LindenFest, a city-wide harvest celebration, on Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The festival, themed “It is Well With My Rockin’ Soul,” will feature live music, food trucks, a farmers market, arts and crafts vendors, and a kids’ fun area. The CBU Community is invited to join in the fun!

Buccaneer Bulletin

MEN’S SOCCER (4-0, 0-0 GSC)
09/16: Bucs 4, Union 3 (at Signaigo Field)
09/18: Bucs 1, Rhodes 0 (at Signaigo Field)
09/16: Lady Bucs 10, Lyon 0 (at Signaigo Field)
09/21: Lady Bucs 1Valdosta State 2 (at Valdosta, GA)
09/16: Lady Bucs 2, West Georgia 0 (at Carrollton, GA)
09/16: Lady Bucs 2, Alabama-Huntsville (at Canale Arena)
09/19: Lady Bucs 0, West Florida 3 (at Pensacoloa, FL)
09/20: Lady Bucs 1Valdosta State 3 (at Valdosta, GA)

09/22: Mississippi College (Signaigo Field; 6:00 p.m.)
09/22: Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL; 4:00 p.m.)
09/21: University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA; 11:00 a.m.)
09/26: Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL; 2:00 p.m.)
09/23: Mississippi College (Clinton, MS; 7:00 p.m.)
09/26: Trevecca Nazarene University (Canale Arena; 6:00 p.m.)
09/27: Rhodes College Invitational (Plough Park; 9:45 a.m)